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Rise, Glorious Conqueror, Rise   2 comments

Rise, Glorious Conqueror

Above:  Part of the Hymn

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1905), Methodist Episcopal Church and Methodist Episcopal Church, South

Words by Matthew Bridges (1800-1894)


1.  Rise, glorious Conqueror, rise

Into thy native skies;

Assume thy right;

And where in many a fold

The clouds are backward rolled,

Pass through those gates of gold,

And reign in light.

2.  Victor o’er death and hell,

Cherubic legions swell

The radiant train;

Praises all heaven inspire:

Each angel sweeps his lyre,

And claps his wings of fire,

Thou lamb once slain!

3.  Enter, incarnate God!

No feet but thine have trod

The serpent down:

Blow the full trumpets, blow,

Wider yon portals throw,

Saviour, triumphant, go,

And take thy crown!

4.  Lion of Judah, hail!

And let thy name prevail

From age to age:

Lord of the rolling years,

Claim for thine own the spheres,

For thou hast bought with tears

Thy heritage.

Matthew Bridges   1 comment

Vatican Flag

Above:  The Vatican Flag

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Matthew Bridges (1800-1894) was an adult convert to Roman Catholicism.


Crown Him With Many Crowns:

O God, Accept My Heart This Day:

Rise, Glorious Conqueror, Rise:


Posted January 6, 2014 by neatnik2009 in Sources Br

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Christ Pantocrator

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

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Hymn Source =

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!

O God, Accept My Heart This Day   1 comment

My Confirmation Certificate, from December 22, 1991

Matthew Bridges (1800-1894) was an English poet and hymn writer.  Raised in the Church of England, he crossed the Tiber River under the influence of John Henry Newman.

Bridges wrote this lovely Confirmation hymn.  Confirmation is one of my favorite sacraments.  After my 1991 Confirmation at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Tifton, Georgia, I reaffirmed in 2003 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Statesboro, Georgia, and in 2008 at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia.  An occasional reaffirmation is healthy.  I, being an observant Episcopalian, do this in the proscribed, ritualistic way.  This is good, for rituals help mark passages in life.



1.  O God, accept my heart this day,

And make it always thine,

That I from thee no more may stray,

No more from thee decline.

2.  Before the Cross of him who died,

Behold, I prostrate fall;

Let every sin be crucified,

And Christ be all in all.

3.  Anoint me with thy heavenly grace,

And seal me for thine own,

That I may see thy glorious face,

And worship at thy throne.

4.  Let every thought and work and word

To thee be ever given;

Then life shall be thy service, Lord,

And death the gate of heaven.

Posted September 27, 2010 by neatnik2009 in Baptism and Confirmation 1800s

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