Sometimes people object when I post this hymn. They would rather someone other than Christ had dominion. Whom that might be, they don’t say. But the right to it belongs to Jesus Christ alone.
Christ Shall Have Dominion, sung by the Grace Community Church in San Antonio, TX. The melody, probably more widely known as Onward, Christian Soldiers, was composed by Arthur Sullivan–of Gilbert and Sullivan fame–in 1871.
I didn’t know there was another melody that goes with the lyrics of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, so I got quite a surprise when I heard this–by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. Lovely melody! Given its finished form by Arthur Sullivan, of Gilbert & Sullivan fame. The melody we’re used to in America is about 30 years older, published in 1850.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
Chorus: “Christ shall have dominion over land and sea, Earth’s remotest regions shall His empire be.” Sing it out, sing it loud. You already know the tune. It’s “Onward, Christian Soldiers,” both hymns using the melody composed by Arthur Sullivan, published in 1871. It’s the same Sullivan of Gilbert & Sullivan fame.
Sung here by the congregation at the First OPC in Perkasie, Pennsylvania.
This is the congregation at Grace Community Church in San Antonio, Texas; and the hymn is Christ Shall Have Dominion, by Arthur Sullivan, best known as half of Gilbert & Sullivan.
This is the hymn that’s with me this morning, and I’ll have something to say about it when I get back from the nursing home.