God, My King, Thy Might Confessing

God, My King, Thy Might Confessing -- # 414

Words:  Richard Mant

Tune:  Stuttgart, melody from Psalmodia Sacra,oder Andachtige und Schone Gesange.

A hymn which extols God as King and blesses His name is "God, My King, Thy Might Confessing.  This paraphrase of Psalm 145 was made by Richard Mant, who was born at Southampton, England. When in college, he won the Chancellor’s prize for an English essay, and for a while afterwards was a College Tutor. The following year, he became a minister with many parishes across England over his career. His writings are voluminous, and his hymns are scattered throughout his different works. This one, probably his best known, was taken from his volume The Book of Psalms in an English Metrical Version of 1824    

The tune (Stuttgart) most often used with Mant’s hymn was first found in the 1715 Psalmoda Sacra published at Gotha, Germany, by A. C. Ludwig and Christian Friedrich Witt (1669-1716). Witt is generally thought to have been the composer.  William Henry Havergal is credited with adapting and harmonizing the tune found in our Hymnal. 

Here's a lovely rendtion from St. John's in Detroit.  YOUTUBE