A Hymn for Meditation

The King Shall Come  

The King shall come when morning dawns
And light triumphant breaks,
When beauty gilds the eastern hills
And life to joy awakes.

Oh, brighter than the rising morn
When Christ, victorious, rose
And left the lonesome place of death,
Despite the rage of foes.

Oh, brighter than that glorious morn
Shall dawn upon our race
The day when Christ in splendor comes,
And we shall see his face.

The King shall come when morning dawns
And light and beauty brings,
Hail Christ the Lord! Your people pray;
Come quickly, King of Kings.

                              John Brownlie

  • Advent is a time of waiting. We wait for the birth of the Christ-child. How is that hopeful waiting expressed in this hymn?
  • We use many different names and descriptive words for Christ. What aspect of our understanding of Christ is central to this hymn? 
  • In our country, we don’t have a king, and we don’t want a king. Why would we look forward to the coming of Christ as King?
  • The hymn refers to an event in history and to an event that has not happened yet? What are those two events? What links them in the mind of the hymnwriter? Why are those two events important to you?

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