God, The Lord, a King Remaineth

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1 God, our Lord, a King remaineth,
Robed in His own glorious light;
God hath robed Him, and He reigneth;
He hath girded Him with might.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
God is King in depth and height!

2 In her everlasting station
Earth is poised, to swerve no more;
Thou hast laid Thy throne's foundation,
From all time where thought can soar.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Lord, Thou art for evermore!

3 With all tones of waters blending,
Glorious is the breaking deep;
Glorious, beauteous without ending,
God, who reigns on heaven's high steep.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Songs of ocean never sleep.

4 Lord, the words Thy lips are telling
Are the perfect verity:
Of Thine high eternal dwelling,
Holiness shall inmate be.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Pure is all that lives with Thee.


The Hymnal: Published by the authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., 1895

Author: John Keble

Keble, John, M.A., was born at Fairford, in Gloucestershire, on St. Mark's Day, 1792. His father was Vicar of Coln St. Aldwin's, about three miles distant, but lived at Fairford in a house of his own, where he educated entirely his two sons, John and Thomas, up to the time of their entrance at Oxford. In 1806 John Keble won a Scholarship at Corpus Christi College, and in 1810 a Double First Class, a distinction which up to that time had been gained by no one except Sir Robert Peel. In 1811 he was elected a Fellow of Oriel, a very great honour, especially for a boy under 19 years of age; and in 1811 he won the University Prizes both for the English and Latin Essays. It is somewhat remarkable that amid this brilliantly successful career,… Go to person page >

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First Line: God, the Lord, a King remaineth
Title: God, The Lord, a King Remaineth
Author: John Keble (1839)
Language: English


God the Lord a king remaineth. J. Keble. [Psalm xciii.] First published in his Psalter; or, Psalms of David, 1839, p. 241, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines. It was given in the Sarum Hymnal, 1868, Kennedy, 1863, and in several Public School collections, but its use is not equal to its merits. It is one of Keble's finest renderings of the Psalms.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Henry T. Smart (PHH 233) composed REGENT SQUARE for the Horatius Bonar (PHH 260) doxology "Glory be to God the Father." The tune was first published in the English Presbyterian Church's Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (1867), of which Smart was music editor. Because the text editor of that hymna…

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