Hail to the Lord's
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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 captives free,
to take away transgressions, and rule in equity.
He comes with justice surely
to those who suffer wrong,
to help the poor and needy,
and bid the weak be strong,
to give them songs for sighing,
their darkness turn to light,
whose souls, condemned and dying, are precious in his sight.
He shall come down like showers
upon the fruitful earth.
Love, joy, and 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.
To him shall prayer unceasing
and daily vows ascend,
his kingdom still increasing,
a kingdom without end.
The tide of time shall never
his covenant remove.
His name shall stand forever; that name to us is Love.
#185 in Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Words: based on Psalm 72, James Montgomery, Evangelical Magazine, 1822
Tune: John Farmer, 1892
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