How Should a King Come?

This is one of my favorite Christmas songs.  I love the thoughts.  Here are the lyrics.  You can listen to Fettke’s arrangement here. Not entirely my preference, but a nice rendition.

How should a King come?
Even a child knows the answer of course,
In a coach of gold with a pure white horse.
In the beautiful city in the prime of the day,
And the trumpets should cry and the crowds make way.
And the flags fly high in the morning sun,
And the people all cheer for the sovereign one.
And everyone knows that’s the way that it’s done.
That’s the way that a King should come. How should a King come.
Even a commoner understands,
He should come for His treasures, And His houses and lands.
He should dine upon summer strawberries and milk,
And sleep upon bedclothes of satin and silk.
And high on a hill His castle should glow,
With the lights of the city like jewels below.
And everyone knows that’s the way that it’s done,
That’s the way that a King should come. How should a King come.
On a star filled night into Bethlehem,
Rode a weary woman and a worried man.
And the only sound in the cobblestone street,
Was the shuffle and the ring of their donkey’s feet.
And a King lay hid in a virgin’s womb,
And there were no crowds to see Him come.
At last in a barn in a manger of hay,
He came and God incarnate lay. And the angels cried “glory glory to God”.
Earth was silent so heaven rang, “Glory glory to God.”
Men were dumb so the angels sang, “Glory glory to God,
Peace on earth good will to men, Glory glory to God”. Christ is born in Bethlehem–
Glory to God, Glory in the highest!
Glory to God, Glory in the highest! Glory to God!

~Jimmy Owens

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