God, the Omnipotent!

God, the Omnipotent!

"God, the Omnipotent!" is a hymn with words written in 1842 by Henry F. Chorley (1808–1872) and 3rd and 4th stanzas by John Ellerton (1826–1893) in 1870.cite book |title=The Hymnal 1982 |publisher=Episcopal Church Publishing |year=1985 |location=New York |page=p. 569 ] It is based on a text from sourcetext|source=Bible|version=King James|book=Revelation|chapter=19|verse=6, "The Lord God omnipotent reigneth" (KJV). Set in meter, the tune is from the 19th century Russian national anthem, "God Save the Tsar!", composed by Alexei Lvov (1798–1870) in 1833.cite book |title=The Methodist Hymnal |publisher=The Methodist Publishing House |location=Nashville, Tennessee |year=1966 |page=p. 544 ]

The tune name is "Russian Hymn" in various modern hymnals, such as those of the United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), or just "Russia", as in "The Hymnal 1982" of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Called "stirring" by one hymn editor, the hymn is described as having "a triumphant, positive quality".cite book|author=Diana Sanchez |title=The Hymns of the United Methodist Hymnal |location=Nashville, Tennessee |publisher=Abingdon Press|year=1989 |page=p. 220|ISBN=0-687-43149-2]

The first two verses are:Quote box2 |width= 24em |border= 1px |align= center |bgcolor= #c6dbf7 |halign= left | title="God, the Omnipotent!"|quote="God the Omnipotent! King, who ordainest Thunder thy clarion, the lightning thy sword; Show forth thy pity on high where thou reignest; Give to us peace in our time, O Lord.

God the All-merciful! earth hath forsaken Meekness and mercy, and slighted thy Word; Let not thy wrath in its terrors awaken; Give to us peace in our time, O Lord."

In 1982, new words to the "Russian Hymn" tune were composed by Carl P. Daw Jr., entitled "Christ the Victorious", for the U.S. Episcopal Church's "The Hymnal 1982". Both versions, "God, the Omnipotent!" and "Christ the Victorious", appear in "The Hymnal 1982".


External links

* [http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/g/t/gtomnipo.htm God, the Omnipotent!] , music at Cyberhymnal

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