"O Jesus, King of Glory"
by Martin Behm, 1557-1622
Translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878
Text From:
THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942) p.103



1. O Jesus, King of Glory,
Both David's Lord and Son!
Thy realm endures forever,
In heaven is fixed Thy throne.
Help that in earth's dominions,
Throughout from pole to pole,
Thy reign may spread salvation
To each benighted soul.

2. The Eastern sages, bringing
Their tribute-gifts to Thee,
Bear witness to Thy kingdom
And humbly bow the knee.
To Thee the star is pointing
And the prophetic Word;
Hence joyously we hail Thee:
Our Savior and our Lord!

3. Thou art a mighty Monarch,
As by Thy Word is told,
Yet carest Thou but little
For earthly goods or gold;
On no proud steed Thou ridest,
Thou wear'st no jeweled crown
Nor dwell'st in lordly castle,
But bearest scoff and frown.

4. Yet art Thou decked with beauty,
With rays of glorious light;
Thy works proclaim Thy goodness,
And all Thy ways are right.
Vouchsafe to shield Thy people
With Thine almighty arm
That they may dwell in safety
From those who mean them harm.

5. Ah, look on me with pity
Though I am weak and poor;
Admit me to Thy kingdom
To dwell there, blest and sure.
I pray Thee, guide and keep me
Safe from my bitter foes,
From sin and death and Satan;
Free me from all my woes.

6. And bid Thy Word within me
Shine as the fairest star;
Keep sin and all false doctrine
Forever from me far.
Help me confess Thee truly
And with Thy Christendom
Here own Thee King and Savior
And in the world to come.



Notes from _The Lutheran Hymnal_
Hymn #130 from _The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal_
Text: Matt. 2:1-12
Author: Martin Behm, 1606
Translated by: Catherine Winkworth, 1863, alt.
Titled: "O Koenig aller Ehren"
Composer: Melchior Teschner, 1613
Tune: "Valet will ich dir geben"