Yesterday, the theme seemed to be redemption. Today, I seem to fancy how Jesus is King. I don’t like making all my posts themed, but it does seem to magnify the Lord in praise! In case you missed the Hymn of the Day yesterday, Hymn of the Day: I Will Sing of My Redeemer.
Today’s hymn, Come, Thou Almighty King, is written by…. well we aren’t really sure. But, it has been agreed that the Charles Wesley, that famous hymn writer, first published the hymn in a pamphlet. Not that he wrote it, but he saw the benefit of the words.
“Come, Thou Almighty King” is an anonymous text that first appeared in print in a short pamphlet published by the Wesleys alongside one of Charles Wesley’s hymns. The British Museum contains a copy of this pamphlet bound with the 1757 edition of George Whitefield’s Collection of Hymns for Social Worship, as well as two later editions from 1759 and 1760. The fact that it appeared with Wesley’s hymn has led some to believe that Wesley wrote it, but this is doubtful. The hymn does not appear in any of the older Methodist hymnals, and Wesley never claimed it, nor did he write another hymn in the unusual meter of this one.
Similarities between “Come, Thou Almighty King” and the British national anthem “God Save the King” suggest that the hymn was written as a parody to that national anthem. There is a story that, during the American Revolution, some British soldiers surprised an American congregation on Long Island and ordered them to sing “God Save the King.” The Americans responded by singing the correct tune, but the words of “Come, Thou Almighty King.”- hymnary.org