O King of kings, O Lord of hosts, whose throne is lifted high

O King of kings, O Lord of hosts, whose throne is lifted high. Henry Burton* (1840-1930). This hymn has a complicated history. It is dated 1897 in some books. Burton’s  Songs of the Highway (1924), however,  refers to a similar hymn with the identical first line dated ten years earlier, in 1887, with the title ‘A Jubilee Ode’ and a note: ‘ (Written for the Queen’s Jubilee in 1887, and sung – the music by Sir John Stainer – at the Royal Albert Hall, London.)’ The Jubilee of 1887 marked Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. Stanza 2 began with a loyal and grateful address: O King of kings! O Lord of hosts! Thy providence we own; We see the brightness of Thy smile – the splendours of Thy...

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