Crown Him With Many Crowns   2 comments

Christ Pantocrator

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

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Words (1851) by Matthew Bridges (1800-1894), who had converted to Roman Catholicism in 1848

I have surveyed my vast collection of hymnals, mostly old ones.  The Presbyterian hymnals have been much closer to the original text than to Anglican, Methodist, and Lutheran ones, even more so than contemporary Roman Catholic hymnals.  Most hymnals blend the original words with elements of Godfrey Thring‘s 1874 rewrite, which starts on page 75 here.

That I perceive no need to rewrite Catholic hymns to make them suitable for non-Catholic tastes indicates something (positive, I hope) about me.


1.  Crown Him with many crowns,

The Lamb upon His throne;

Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns

All music but its own:

Awake, my soul, and sing

Of Him who died for thee,

And hail Him as thy matchless King

Thro’ all eternity.

2.  Crown Him the Virgin’s son!

The God incarnate born,

Whose arm thine crimson trophies won

Which now His brow adorn;

Fruit of the mystic rose,

as of that rose the Stem;

The root whence mercy ever flows,

The Babe of Bethlehem.

3.  Crown Him the God of love!

Behold His hands and side,

Those wounds yet visible above,

In beauty glorified;

No angel in the sky,

Can fully bear that sight,

But downward bends his burning eye,

At mysteries so bright.

4.  Crown Him the Lord of peace!

Whose peace a scepter sways

From pole to pole, that wars may cease,

And all be prayer and praise;

His reign shall know no end,

And round the pierced feet

Fair flowers of paradise extend

Their fragrance ever sweet.

5.  Crown Him the Lord of years!

The Potentate of time,

Creator of the rolling spheres,

Ineffably sublime;

Glass’d in a sea of light,

Where everlasting waves

Reflect His throne, the Infinite!

Who lives , and loves, and saves.

6.  Crown Him the Lord of Heaven!

One with the Father known,

And the blest Spirit, through Him given,

From yonder triune throne!

All hail! Redeemer, hail!

For Thou hast died for me;

Thy praise shall never, never fail,

Throughout eternity!

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