The Head That Once Was Crowned With Thorns
Alternate Title: The Glory of Christ
Words: Thomas Kelly, ca 1820.
Music: stanzas Magnus, attributed to Jeremiah Clarke in The Divine Companion, second edition, by Henry Playford (London: 1707); harmony by William H. Monk, 1868
Source: Thomas Kelly, Hymns on Various Passages of Scripture. Fifth Edition. (Dublin, Ireland: 1820), Hymn LIII.
“Perfect through sufferings.” Heb. 2:10.
1. The head
that once was crown'd with thorns,
Is crown'd with glory now;
A royal diadem adorns
The mighty victor’s brow.
highest place that heav'n affords
Is his, is his by right,
“The King of Kings, and Lord of Lords,”
And heaven’s eternal light.
3. The joy
of all who dwell above,
The joy of all below,
To whom he manifests his love,
And grants his Name to know.
4. To them,
the cross, with all its shame,
With all its grace, is given;
Their name an everlasting name,
Their joy the joy of heav'n.
suffer with their Lord below,
They reign with him above;
Their profit and their joy to know
The myst'ry of his love.
6. The cross
he bore is life and health,
Though shame and death to him;
His people’s hope, his people’s wealth,
Their everlasting theme.
Also found in The Book of Christmas Hymns (London: T. Nelson and Sons, 1868), pp. 119-120.
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