The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

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.

2. The 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.

5. They 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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