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The Story Behind Come Thou Almighty King Hymn

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 : 
 Almighty King, 
Help us Thy name to sing." 

And the soldiers withdrew without enforcing their demands.

Come Thou Almighty King Hymn Lyrics

1 Come, Thou Almighty King,
Help us Thy name to sing,
  Help us to praise.
Father, all glorious,
O’er all victorious,
Come, and reign over us,
  Ancient of Days.

2 Come, Thou incarnate Word,
Gird on Thy mighty sword,
  Our prayer attend:
Come, and Thy people bless,
And give Thy word success;
Spirit of holiness,
  On us descend.

3 Come, holy Comforter,
Thy sacred witness bear
  In this glad hour:
Thou who Almighty art,
Now rule in every heart,
And ne’er from us depart,
  Spirit of power.

4 To Thee, great One in Three,
Eternal praises be
  Hence evermore.
Thy sov’reign majesty
May we in glory see,
And to eternity
  Love and adore.

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