This is a new hymn lyric written by Andy Flannagan and Sam Hargreaves, marking the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. You can use these lyrics in worship service, we suggest singing them to the tune “Dim Ond Iesu/Cymraeg” (best known for “Here is love vast as the ocean”).

A shortened version was sung on Songs of Praise on 11/9//22 (18 minutes in). Below is the full video released by LICC and the Bible Society. 

A piano score with the words interlined, guitar chords and an SATB choir part can be accessed for free from Jubilate. Links to stream or buy the audio track are here.

If you're looking for other resources for worship during this time, we have used Sam's "There's A Time For Tears" song and video, and prayers from the Church of England in services this weekend.

We see tears and celebration,
for this life so dignified,
bearing thanks and hearts of sadness,
to the God of death and life.
As he takes her to his promise,
of an audience with the King,
we remember all she gave us,
wreaths of gratitude we bring.

In these days of change and trial,
be the rock on which we stand,
When we fear in this new season,
hold us firmly in your hands.
May we rise to her example,
to be humble, kind and fair,
swift to pray and slow to anger,
choosing faith and not despair.

In the midst of coronation,
she once knelt in silent prayer,
oil was poured in Christ’s commission,
called to lead her people there.
May we know that same anointing,
move in royal authority,
then speak liberty and healing,
to a world in need of peace.

Lord forgive, when pride and envy,
leave our nation bruised and stained,
turn us back towards our calling,
to make your name great again.
May we rise above divisions,
Lord, our brokenness we bring,
that a more united kingdom,
would give glory to the King.

When our days are at their dimming,
and our work on earth is done,
may we hear as does our sovereign:
“Faithful servant, welcome home.”
May we rise with Christ to witness,
a new heav’n and earth displayed,
ours a robe that will not tarnish,
hers a crown that will not fade.


Alternate Verse 4 for rest of Commonwealth:

We beheld her sure compassion,
for the last and for the least,
straddling races, tribes and nations,
forging bonds of family.
May this commonwealth now echo,
the wide kingdom of our King.
reconciled through Christ who suffered,
all our stories we will bring.


Words: © 2022 Integrity Music (PRS) (adm at, Sam Hargreaves (admin by Used by permission.
CCLI Song Number: 7193824