Friday, 27 March 2015

"Come, Thou Almighty King" Author unknown

THE national hymn of England, "God save our gracious king," is supposed to have been published first in 1743 or 1744. Within a couple of years, sung to the melody to which we Americans sing "My country, tis of thee," it attained great popularity and gradually, by virtue of its widespread use, became known as the English national hymn. 

Whenever a song gains universal favor many parodies and imitations are based upon it; and our hymn, "Come, Thou Almighty King," was written shortly afterward in imitation of "God save the king" in both meter and style. Though it is attributed to Charles Wesley in this hymnal, the author is really unknown. 

In the days of the American Revolution a congregation of patriotic colonists were worshiping in their church on Long Island when the service was interrupted by the arrival of a company of Hessian troops. The captain stalked up the aisle and commanded the people to sing "God save the king." The organist started the tune that we call "America" ; but the people, true to the cause of the American colonies and to their God, sang this hymn : 

"Come, Thou Almighty King, 
Help us Thy name to sing." 

And the soldiers withdrew without enforcing their demands.


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