Christ My Song - 1915
Jesus, we hail thee Israel's King
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Jesus, we hail thee Israel's King.
"Hail! King of the Jews." (John 19,3)
2. Hail, Israel's King, enthroned in light,
whose glory never shone more bright,
than when, by trembling friends betrayed,
thy foes insulting homage paid.
3. Then did admiring angels see
divine forbearance, Lord, in thee;
with emphasis pronounced thee good;
and heaven and earth contrasted stood.
4. An object of contempt beneath,
and judged by men to suffer death:
by angels owned, admired, adored,
the great, the everlasting Lord!
5. Reign, mighty King, for ever reign!
thy cause throughout the world maintain;
let Israel's God his triumphs spread,
and crowns of glory wreathe his head.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 124.