Let the Kings of all the Islands

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Let the Kings of all the Islands

A Festal Hymn for Gregory the Great, Apostle of the English

 May be sung to Genevan Psalm 42 (New English Hymnal 229)

Gregory's (imagined) prayers for the English nation are based on the narrative of Bede's Ecclesiastical History and invoke several Messianic passages from the Old Testament.

"How is the king of that province called?" They told him his name was Ælle; and he, punning on the name, said: "Alleluia! The praise of God the creator must be sung in those parts."


1.  Let the kings of all the islands

bring Him presents of their store!

Let all kings bow down before Him,

nations serve Him and adore!

Alleluia let them sing!
Alleluia to the King!

To the poor comes consolation,

to the needy their salvation!

 

2.  They shall live and they shall bless Him

who alone does wondrous deeds.

Righteousness and peace shall flourish;

earth shall yield her fruits and seeds.

Alleluia let them sing!
Alleluia to the King!

To the poor comes consolation,

to the needy their salvation!

 

3.  And the dale shall be exalted,

where his faithful congregate,

level laid shall be the mountain,

and the crooked way made straight:

Alleluia let them sing!
Alleluia to the King!

To the poor comes consolation,

to the needy their salvation!

 

4.  Let them learn His might and glory

when he fashioned heaven and earth;

let them know his loving-kindness

when His Son took human birth:

Alleluia let them sing!
Alleluia to the King!

To the poor comes consolation,

to the needy their salvation!

 

5.  May they know the faith of Mary

when she said: His will be done.

May their homage never falter:

Hail! blest Mother of The Son!

Alleluia let them sing!
Alleluia to the King!

To the poor comes consolation,

to the needy their salvation!

 

6.  Let the Cross be raised before them,

token of His power to save;

glorified that Easter morning

when he rose up from the grave!

Alleluia let them sing!
Alleluia to the King!

To the poor comes consolation,

to the needy their salvation!

 

7.  May their ancient name remind them

of a hope beyond this world -

hope of glory with the angels

when his judgement is unfurled:

Alleluia let them sing!
Alleluia to the King!

To the poor comes consolation,

to the needy their salvation!

 

8.  Let the praise of their Creator

ever in their church be sung -

praise unstinting, praise unceasing!

Let the bells in praise be rung!

Alleluia let them sing!
Alleluia to the King!

To the poor comes consolation,

to the needy their salvation!

 

9.  Praise we God the loving Father,

praise we Christ the living Son,

praise the Comforter, the Spirit,

praise the Godhead, Three in One!

Alleluia let us sing!
Alleluia to the King!

To the poor comes consolation,

to the needy our salvation!

 


Copyright 2009 S.A.J.Bradley & Trustees of St Gregory's Minster Kirkdale.

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