197. Hosanna, Loud Hosanna

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1 Hosanna, loud hosanna,
the little children sang;
through pillared court and temple
the joyful anthem rang.
To Jesus, who had blessed them,
close folded to his breast,
the children sang their praises,
the simplest and the best.

2 From Olivet they followed
'mid an exultant crowd,
the victor palm branch waving,
and chanting clear and loud;
the Lord of earth and heaven
rode on in lowly state,
nor scorned that little children
should on his bidding wait.

3 “Hosanna in the highest!”
That ancient song we sing,
for Christ is our Redeemer;
the Lord of heaven, our King.
O may we ever praise him
with heart and life and voice,
and in his blissful presence
eternally rejoice.

Text Information
First Line: Hosanna, loud hosanna
Title: Hosanna, Loud Hosanna
Author: Jennette Threlfall (1873, alt.)
Meter: 7.6.7.6.D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Children; Christian Year: Palm Sunday; Christian Year: Maundy Thursday (2 more...)
Tune Information
Name: ELLACOMBE
Meter: 7.6.7.6.D
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Gesangbuch der Herzogl. Wirtembergischen Katholischen Hofkapelle, 1784; alt.


Text Information:

The opening two stanzas narrate the first Palm Sunday in the past tense, but the third stanza shifts to the present tense to emphasize what current singers do and believe. The repeated elements in this anonymous German tune suggest the repetitive patterns in a crowd’s chant.


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