Hail to the Lord’s Anointed Hymn and Lyrics – James Montgomery, 1771-1854

Who Wrote Hail to the Lord’s Anointed Hymn?

James Montgomery, born in Scotland, the son of a Moravian clergyman, was an editor by profession.

James Montgomery

Though as a child he had joined the Moravian Church, he lost his early piety when he became a young man; but later in life, he was converted, and joined the Moravian Church again at the age of forty-three. Thus, he became a Christian warrior, such as he describes, standing

In all the armor of his God;
The Spirit’s sword is in his hand,
His feet are with the gospel shod.
He and Cowper hold the foremost place among laymen of the church who are eminent hymn- writers.
His hymn, “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed,” he wrote in 1821, seven years after he joined the church a second time. It is a metrical version of the seventy-second psalm. It was written as a Christmas hymn and was first sung on Christmas Day, 1821, at a great convocation of Moravians in their settlement at Falencki

At a Wesleyan missionary meeting, held in Liverpool on April 14 of the following year, 1822, when Dr. Adam Clarke presided, Montgomery made an address and closed it by the recital of this hymn with all of its verses, some of which are omitted in this hymnal. Dr. Clarke later used it in his famous Commentary in connection with his discussion of the seventy-second psalm.

Hail To the Lord’s Anointed Lyrics

1 Hail to the Lord’s Anointed,
  Great David’s greater Son!
Hail, in the time appointed,
  His reign on earth begun!
He comes to break oppression,
  To set the captive free;
To take away transgression,
  And rule in equity.
2 He shall come down like showers
  Upon the fruitful earth;
And love, joy, hope, like flowers,
  Spring in His path to birth:
Before Him on the mountains
  Shall peace, the herald, go;
And righteousness, in fountains,
  From hill to valley flow.
3 Kings shall fall down before Him,
  And gold and incense bring;
All nations shall adore Him,
  His praise all people sing;
For He shall have dominion
  O’er river, sea, and shore,
Far as the eagle’s pinion,
  Or dove’s light wing can soar.
4 To Him shall prayer unceasing
  And daily vows ascend;
His kingdom still increasing,
  A kingdom without end.
The mountain dews shall nourish
  A seed in weakness sown,
Whose fruit shall spread and flourish,
  And shake like Lebanon.
5 O’er every foe victorious
  He on His throne shall rest,
From age to age more glorious,
  All-blessing and all-blest.
The tide of time shall never
  His covenant remove;
His Name shall stand forever,
  His changeless Name of Love.

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