Hymn writer (lyrics): Edward Perronet and John Rippon
Music composer: Oliver Holden
Notes: This hymn is considered by some church people as the unofficial anthem of Christians. Son of an Anglican priest, Perronet worked closely with John Wesley, founder of the Methodists. The tune Oliver Holden used for this hymn is believed to be the oldest one in the U.S. still in use. Oliver also had the privilege of writing a song to welcome George Washington to Boston's Old State House.
Little known Biblical References to Jesus
Alpha, Omega, Lord God Almighty, Who is - Was - Who is to come
'I am the first (Greek word Alpha, Strong's Concordance #G1) and the last (Greek word Omega, Strong's Concordance #G5598),' says the Lord God Almighty, who is, who was, and who is to come.' (Revelation 1:8)
Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet while Omega is the last (see Revelation 1:11). The English phrase "who is, who was, and who is to come" is drawn from a single entry in Strong's (#G3801).
Blessed, only Sovereign (Potentate)
15. Which in His own times the blessed and only Sovereign (the KJV, NKJV and YLT Bible translations have 'only Potentate') will make known . . . (1Timothy 6:15)
Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus (Hebrews 6:20)
King of Zion
Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your King is coming to you (Matthew 21:5)
Morning (Day) Star
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning (the KJV has 'day') star rises in your hearts; (2Peter 1:19)
Root of Jesse, Ensign
And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign . . . (Isaiah 11:10)