Advent Hymn: The King Shall Come (Arr. Peter Witte) Corona Vocalis

This hymn was composed by John Brownlie  (1859- 1925) he was best known as a translator of Greek hymns and a hymnologist. I think (but  amn’t certain) that "The King Shall Come" is an original composition rather than a translation. In this music video the Osnabrück University  a capella choir "Corona Vocalis" directed by Michael Schmoll  sing Peter Witte‘s arrangement of the piece at a Christmas concert given at the Gymnasial Church in Osnabrück  on December 17th2009.

I like Witte’s arrangements I’ve written about his music before (see my posting here on his setting of "Es saß ein klein Wildvögelein") and have every intention of writing about his music again. if you play the video you’ll hear why I like his music, it’s a lovely setting of the piece and very nicely sung indeed. I’ve put the lyrics below the fold. Enjoy :-)

Video Source: Corona Vocalis: The King Shall Come – Chormusik Advent und Weihnachten – YouTube Uploaded by ThePeterwitte on Feb 19, 2010

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.

Not as of old a little child,
To bear and fight and die,
But crowned with glory like the sun
That lights the morning sky.

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.

2 thoughts on “Advent Hymn: The King Shall Come (Arr. Peter Witte) Corona Vocalis

    • I like Witte’s arrangements a lot – he excelled himself with this one, I’m very glad you liked it. Thanks for commenting.


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