King of glory, king of peace

A hymn to sing along with…

Another hymn based on a poem by George Herbert, from “The Temple”, first published in 1633. (see Come my Way, my Truth, My Life) Six of the original seven stanzas are used.

The words are coupled to a modern tune Redland by Malcolm Archer (born 1952), an English composer and organist. He has been Organist and Director of Music at Wells and St Paul’s Cathedrals. There are not many hymns of this metre, so the tune was presumably composed as an alternative to the Welsh tune Gwalchmai that is more commonly associated with the hymn.

Redland

King of glory, King of peace,
I will love Thee;
and that love may never cease,
I will move Thee.
Thou hast granted my request,
Thou hast heard me;
Thou didst note my working breast,
Thou hast spared me.

Wherefore with my utmost art
I will sing Thee,
and the cream of all my heart
I will bring Thee.
Though my sins against me cried,
Thou didst clear me;
and alone, when they replied,
Thou didst hear me.

Seven whole days, not one in seven,
I will praise Thee;
in my heart, though not in heaven,
I can raise Thee.
Small it is, in this poor sort
to enrol Thee:
e’en eternity’s too short
to extol Thee.

Here is the original version from The Temple:

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