O Christ the Lord, O Christ the King
O Christ the Lord, O Christ the King. Reginald Thomas Brooks* (1918-1985).
Brooks was a student at Mansfield College at the same time as George Bradford Caird*. The two men were born in the same place (Wandsworth, south London) within a year of each other (Caird, July 1917; Brooks, June 1918). This hymn was written at Mansfield College in 1941 as an entry for the Scott Psalmody Prize. The prize went to Caird for ‘Almighty Father, who for us thy Son didst give’*; but Brooks’s hymn was printed in full by Erik Routley* in his Hymns and Human Life (1952), with the original first line, ‘O Christ our Lord, O Christ our King’ (pp. 103-4). In its present form it was included in English Praise...
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