Hymnary Friends,

Please pardon this brief interruption, and please consider a gift today to support the work of Hymnary.org. Here's why.

Each month half a million people visit this website for free access to the most complete database of North American hymnody on the planet. But this project does not come without a cost, and we have limited sources of revenue. Twice a year we hold a fund drive, and these drives are critical to our future.

So if you benefit from Hymnary.org, would you consider a donation today? Even small amounts help, and they also let us know you're behind us and support what we do.

Click the Donate button below to be taken to a secure giving site. Or you can make your tax-deductible contribution by sending a check to Hymnary.org at 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

On behalf of the entire Hymnary.org team, our thanks.
Harry Plantinga

Dost thou truly seek renown

Dost thou truly seek renown

Author: King Louis IX; Translator: Athelstan Riley
Published in 3 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Dost thou truly seek renown
Christ his glory sharing?
Wouldst thou win the heavenly crown
Victor’s meed declaring?
Tread the path the Saviour trod,
Look upon the crown of God,
See what he is wearing.

2 This the King of Heaven bore
In that sore contending,
This his sacred temples wore,
Honour to it lending,
In this helmet faced the foe,
On the rood he laid him low,
Satan’s kingdom ending.

3 Christ upon the tree of scorn,
In salvation’s hour,
Turned to gold these pricks of thorn
By his passion’s power:
So on sinners, who had earned
Endless death, from sin returned,
Endless blessings shower.

4 When in death’s embrace we lie,
Then, good Lord, be near us,
With thy presence fortify,
And with victory cheer us,
Turn our erring hearts to thee,
That we crowned for ay may be:
O good Jesu, hear us!

Source: The New English Hymnal #81

Author: King Louis IX

(no biographical information available about King Louis IX.) Go to person page >

Translator: Athelstan Riley

Riley, John Athelstan Laurie, M.A., s. of John Riley, Mytholmroyd, Yorks, was born in London, Aug. 10, 1858, and educated at Eton and at Pembroke College, Oxford (B.A. 1881, M.A. 1883). He has been since 1892 a member of the House of Laymen of the Province of Canterbury. He was one of the compilers of The English Hymnal, 1906, and contributed to it seven translations from the Latin (34, 185, 193, 195, 213, 242, 321, with No. 97 previously published), and one from the Greek, beginning, "What sweet of life endureth," from Iiola rod fiiov, p. 899, i., and the following originals:— 1. Come, let us join the Church above. Martyrs. 2. Saints of God! Lo, Jesu’s people. St. Bartholomew. The initials of the lines form the acrostic S… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Dost thou truly seek renown
Author: King Louis IX
Translator: Athelstan Riley
Source: Latin, 13th century
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #1276
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)


Instances (1 - 2 of 2)

The Cyber Hymnal #1276

TextPage Scan

The New English Hymnal #81

Include 1 pre-1979 instance
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us