134. The head that once was crowned with thorns

1 The head that once was crowned with thorns
Is crowned with glory now:
A royal diadem adorns
The mighty victor's brow.

2 The highest place that heaven 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 heaven.

5 They suffer with their Lord below,
They reign with him above,
Their profit and their joy to know
The mystery 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.

Text Information
First Line: The head that once was crowned with thorns
Author: Thomas Kelly, 1769-1854
Meter: CM
Language: English
Publication Date: 1986
Topic: The Christian Year: Ascensiontide
Tune Information
Composer: Jeremiah Clarke, c. 1673-707
Meter: CM
Key: G Major

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