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203. Hail to the Lord's Anointed

Text: James Montgomery, 1771-1854
Music: Gesangbuch der H.W.k. Hofkapelle; adapt. and harm. by W.H. Monk
Tune: ELLACOMBE, Meter: 76.76 D

1.	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 captive free; 
	to take away transgression, 
	and rule in equity.

2.	He comes with succor speedy 
	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. 

3.	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.

4.	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.

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