This is the text as it originally appeared in Hymns Written and Adapted to the Weekly Church Service of the Year. This hymn was written for the Sixth Sunday in Lent/Palm Sunday. Despite having been written for Lent, the hymn is appropriate for any time of year, and, given the subject matter, is particulary appropriate for Advent.
The Lord of might, from Sinai’s brow,
Gave forth His voice of thunder;
And Israel lay on earth below,
Outstretch’d in fear and wonder.
Beneath His feet was pitchy night,
And, at His left hand and His right,
The rocks were rent asunder!
The Lord of Love, on Calvary,
A meek and suffering stranger,
Upraised to Heaven His languid eye,
In Nature’s hour of danger.
For us He bore, the weight of woe,
For us He gave His blood to flow,
And met His Father’s anger.
The Lord of Love, the Lord of Might,
The King of all created,
Shall back return to claim His right,
On clouds of glory seated;
With trumpet-sound and angel-song,
And hallelujahs loud and long*
O’er Death and Hell defeated!
Words: Reginald Heber (1783-1826), published 1827.
Tune: “Nun Freut Euch” Martin Luther, 1535.
*Given that “Alleluia” / “Hallelujah is not said/sung in the Western Church during Lent, this line may be rendered as the following to make it appropriate for Lenten use:
“And “Praise the Lord” sound loud and long”