This hymn is used for Lauds on the Solemnity of Christ the King in the Extraordinary Form.
His glorious banners on the air
To Christ, the King of Kings, give praise,
Ye nations of the world.
No kingdoms fall beneath His sword,
In bloody conquests grim,
But lifted on the Rood He draws
All things by love to Him.
Thrice happy city, basking fair
Beneath His royal sway,
Where at the mandates from His throne
All hearts with joy obey!
No godless conflicts there shall rage,
But Peace outstretch her hand,
With smiling Concord at her side—
Firm shall that city stand!
Where wedded love shall keep its troth,
And youth can blossom fair,
And all the household virtues pure
Shall grace the threshold there.
Then may Thy reign in splendor come,
O King, most true and sweet!
Till all the earth by love subdued,
Shall worship at Thy feet.
To Thee be glory, Jesus, King!
O’er crowns and scepters high,
With Father and with Holy Ghost,
While endless ages fly. Amen.
Words: Fr. Vittorio Genovesi, S.J., 1925; Fr. Joseph Husslein, S. J., 1926.
Tune: “Byzantium” T. Jackson, 18th C.
The original Latin text of this hymn may be found here.