268. Crown Him with Many Crowns

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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
through all eternity.

2 Crown him the Lord of love;
behold his hands and side,
rich 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.

3 Crown him the Lord of peace,
whose power a scepter sways
from pole to pole, that wars may cease,
absorbed in prayer and praise.
His reign shall know no end;
and round his pierced feet
fair flowers of paradise extend
their fragrance ever sweet.

4 Crown him the Lord of years,
the potentate of time;
creator of the rolling spheres,
ineffably sublime.
All hail, Redeemer, hail!
For thou hast died for me;
thy praise shall never, never fail
throughout eternity.

Text Information
First Line: Crown him with many crowns
Title: Crown Him with Many Crowns
Author: Matthew Bridges (1851)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: SMD
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Adoration; Jesus Christ: Ascension and Reign; World Peace (1 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: George Job Elvey (1868)
Meter: SMD
Key: D Major

Text Information:

This text is so familiar that it is easy to miss all its paradox, mystery, suffering, and beauty; it rewards careful reading and meditation outside corporate worship. The tune’s composer, chapel organist at Windsor Castle, had much experience in creating a royal sound.

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