Hail, Thou once-despised Jesus!Author: John Bakewell (1757); Alterer: Augustus Toplady (1776)
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1 Hail, thou once despisèd Jesus!
Hail, Thou Galilean king!
Thou didst suffer to release us;
Thou didst free salvation bring.
Hail, Thou universal Savior,
bearer of our sin and shame!
By Thy merit we find favor;
life is given through Thy name.
2 Paschal Lamb, by God appointed,
all our sins on Thee were laid;
by almighty Love anointed,
Thou hast full atonement made:
all Thy people are forgiven
through the virtue of Thy blood;
opened is the gate of heaven;
peace is made 'twit man and God.
3 Jesus, hail, enthroned in glory,
there forever to abide!
All the heav'nly host adore Thee,
seated at Thy Father's side.
There for sinners Thou art pleading;
there Thou dost our place prepare;
ever for us interceding,
till in glory we appear.
4 Worship, honor, pow'r, and blessing
Thou art worthy to receive;
highest praises, without ceasing,
meet it is for us to give.
Help, ye bright angelic spirits,
bring your sweetest, noblest lays;
help to sing our Savior's merits;;
help to chant Immanuel's praise!
Source: Hymns to the Living God #181
|First Line:||Hail, Thou once-despised Jesus!|
|Title:||Hail, Thou once-despisèd Jesus!|
|Author:||John Bakewell (1757)|
|Alterer:||Augustus Toplady (1776)|
st. 1 = Isa. 53:3-5
st. 2 = Rom 5:11
st. 3 = Acts 5:31, Rom. 8:34, Heb. 7:25
st. 4 = Rev. 4:11, Rev. 5:12
The original two-stanza version of this text, now attributed to John Bakewell (b. Brailsford, Derbyshire, England, 1721; d. Lewisham, England, 1819), was published anonymously in the 1757 London pamphlet A Collection of Hymns Addressed to the Holy, Holy, Triune God. Bakewell was a lay evangelist and itinerant preacher in the Methodist tradition. He was personally acquainted with John and Charles Wesley (PHH 267) as well as with Augustus Toplady (PHH 497). Although he wrote several hymns and other devotional poetry, only "Hail, Thou Once-Despised Jesus" remains in common use.
Martin Madan altered and extended the text for his Collection of Psalms and Hymns (1760); later hymnal editors further altered the text. The present version is derived from the modernized text in Hymns for Today's Church (1982).
Described by Austin Lovelace as "rhymed theology," the text moves from Christ's suffering and death (st. 1-2) to his exaltation at the Father's right hand (st. 3-4); from our redemption and forgiveness (st. 1-2) to Christ's intercession for us (st. 3). Finally, we join in a cosmic praise of the Savior (st. 4).
Lent; Holy Week; Easter; Ascension; as a processional hymn for the beginning of worship services.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
Hail, Thou once despised Jesus. J. Bakewell. [Ascension.] In a volume of Poetical Tract, 1757-74, in the Bodleian Library, Oxford [Hymni G. Pamph..,1276 (1)], there is, bound up with others, a small pamphlet of 72 pages with the following title:—
A Collection of Hymns addressed to The Holy, Holy, Holy, triune God, in the Person of Christ Jesus, our Mediator and Advocate. [Psalms xlvii. 6, in Hebrew; and Cant. iv. 16, in English.] London: Printed by M. Lewis, in Paternoster-Row, MDCCLVII.
At page 40 of this pamphlet the following hymn is found:—
"Hail, thou once-despised Jesus,
Hail, thou Galilean King!
Who didst suffer to release us,
Who didst free salvation bring!
Hail, thou universal Saviour,
Who hast borne our sin and shame;
By whose merits we find favour,
Life is given thro' thy name!
"Jesus, hail! inthron'd in glory,
There for ever to abide;
All the heav'nly host adore thee,
Seated at thy Father's side:
Worship, honour, pow'r, and blessing,
Thou art worthy to receive—
Loudest praises without ceasing
Meet it is for us to give! "
In M. Madan's Collection of Psalms & Hymns, 1760, this hymn reappeared in the following expanded form, the added portions being in italics:—
"Praise to Christ.
“Hail thou once despised Jesus:
Hail thou Galilean King!
Who didst suffer to release us,
Who didst free Salvation bring!
Hail thou universal Saviour,
Who hast borne our Sin and Shame,
By whose Merits we find Favour,
Life is giv'n thro' thy Name!
"Paschal Lamb by God appointed,
All our Sins were on Thee laid!
By Almighty Love appointed,
Thou hast full atonement made;
Ev'ry Sin may beforgiv'n
Thro' the Virtue of thy Blood,
Open'd is the Gate of Heav'n,
Peace is made 'twixt Man and God,
“Jesus Hail! enthron'd in Glory,
There for ever to abide !
All the heav'nly Hosts adore Thee
Seated at thy Father's Side:
There for Sinners Thou art pleading
'Spare them yet another Year'—
Thou for Saints art interceding
Till in Glory they appea.
“Worship, Honour, Pow'r, and Blessing,
Christ is worthy to receive-
Loudest Praises without ceasing
Meet it is for us to give!
Help, ye bright angelic Spirits,
Bring your sweetest, noblest Lays,
Help to sing our Jesu's Merits,
Help to chaunt Immanuel’s Praise!"
This text was repeated with slight alterations (specially in stanza ii, line 3, "love anointed" for " love appointed," in R. Conyers's Collection of Psalms & Hymns, 1774, No. 70; in the Lady Huntingdon Collection of Hymns, Edinburgh, c. 1771; and others. The next important change in the hymn was made by A. M. Toplady, with the object of making it subservient to his stern Calvinistic views. His text in his Psalms & Hymns, 1776, No. 113, is:—
i. "Hail, thou once despised Jesus!
Hail, thou Galilean King!
Thou didst suffer to release us,
Thou didst free salvation bring.
Hail, thou agonizing Saviour,
Bearer of our sin and shame!
By thy merits we find favour,
Life is given through thy name.
["Paschal Lamb," &c, omitted on doctrinal grounds.]
ii. "Jesus, hail, enthroned in glory,
There for ever to abide!
All the heav'nly host adore thee,
Seated at thy Father's side.
There for sinners thou art pleading,
There thou dost our place prepare,
Ever for us interceding
Till in glory we appear.
"Worship, honour, pow'r, and blessing,
Thou art worthy to receive;
Loudest praises, without ceasing,
Meet it is for us to give.
Help, ye bright angelic spirits!
Bring your sweetest, noblest lays;
Help to sing our Saviour's merits,
Help to chaunt Immanuel's praise."
In A Collection of Psalms & Hymns on various subjects for Published and Private Worship. Designed for the Congregation of Northampton Chapel. By William Taylor and Herbert Jones. London, 1777, No. 162, there is a cento from Madan's text to which is added what has long been regarded as the fifth stanza of "Hail, Thou once despised Jesus." It is from James Allen's Collection of Hymns for the Use of those that Seek and those that Have Redemption in the Blood of Christ, 1757, No. 97, and reads:—
"Soon we shall with those in glory,
His transcendent grace relate;
Gladly sing th' amazing story
Of His dying love so great.
In that blessed contemplation,
We for evermore shall dwell;
Crown'd with bliss and consolation,
Such as none below can tell."
The sources of the various arrangements of “Hail, Thou once despised Jesus," found in modern hymn-books in all English-speaking countries, can be easily determined by reference to the above texts, which, in every case, ore printed from the originals. In addition to the numerous centos in common use which begin with "Hail, Thou once," &c, there are also
(1) “Paschal Lamb, by God appointed," and
(2) “Jesus, hail, enthroned in glory."
J. Bakewell's share in the composition of this hymn in its full modern form of 5 stanzas of 8 lines seems thus to have been very limited. Unless it can be shewn that he re-wrote and enlarged it for M. Madan's Psalms & Hymns, 1760, of the 40 lines so confidently attributed to him, only 16 are his. In the Bodleian Library Catalogue, the pamphlet in which Bakewell's two stanzas appeared, is said to be "Assigned by Mr. Daniel Sedgwick to William Jones, of Nayland." From Sedgwick's manuscript we find that this was a guess on his part. The compiler of the pamphlet is unknown.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 32 of 32)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #213||Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus||Hail, Thou once despised Jesus!||O DURCH BRECHER||John Bakewell, 1721-1819||87 87 D||1994||Adoration | ; Jesus Christ | Savior; Praise | ; Prayer ||
|Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #229||Hail, thou once despisèd Jesus!||Hail, thou once despisèd Jesus!||IN BABILONE||John Bakewell (1721-1819); Martin Madan (1726-1790)||87 87 D||2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Hebrews 7:25-27; Hebrews 9:24-28||2013||Ascension Day | ; Atonement | ; Church Year | Ascension; Church Year | Christ the King; Forgiveness | ; Heaven | ; Jesus | names and images for; Jesus | priesthood; The Seventh Sunday of Easter | Year C|
|Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #278||Hail, thou once despised Jesus!||Hail, thou once despised Jesus!||LUX EOI||John Bakewell||2008|
|Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #351||Hail, O Once-Despised Jesus||Hail, O once-despised Jesus||O DURCHBRECHER ALLER BANDE||87 87 D||1993||Redeemer |||<cite>A Collection of Hymns</cite>, London, c. 1757, alt.|
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #268||Hail, thou once despised Jesus||Hail, thou once despised Jesus||2000|
|Common Praise (1998) #246||Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus||Hail, thou once despised Jesus!||IN BABILONE||John Bakewell (1721-1819)||87 87D||Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12; 1 Corinthians 5:6-8; Ephesians 1:15-23; Colossians 1:11-20; Revelation 5:1-14||1998||Adoration | ; Ascension and Exaltation ||
|Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #168||Hail, thou once despised Jesus!||Hail, thou once despised Jesus!||IN BABILONE||Martin Madan, 1726-1790; John Bakewell, 1721-1819||87 87 D||1 Corinthians 5:7; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20; Colossians 3:4; Ephesians 1:7; Genesis 28:17; Hebrews 1:6; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 8:1; Isaiah 53:3; Isaiah 53:11; John 18:37; John 20:31; Romans 3:25; Romans 8:34||2000||Ascension | ; Easter VII | Year B|
|Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #258||Hail, thou once despisèd Jesus||Hail, thou once despisèd Jesus||LUX EOI||John Bakewell, 1721-1819||87 87 D||1 Corinthians 5:7; Acts 4:12; Hebrews 9:5; Isaiah 7:14; John 1:29; John 14:2; Matthew 1:23||2000||Ascensiontide | ; Joy, Praise and Thanksgiving | ; Year A | Easter 5; Year B | Easter 4; Year B | Proper 17|
|Complete Mission Praise #203||Hail, thou once-despised Jesus||Hail, thou once-despised Jesus||87 87 D||2000|
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #270||Hail, Thou Once-Despised Jesus||Hail Thou once-despised Jesus||IN BABILONE||87 87 D||1996||Jesus, Our High Priest | ; Lent 5 |||<i>A Collection of Hymns, </i>London, c. 1757|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #495||Hail, thou once despised Jesus||Hail, thou once despised Jesus||IN BABILONE||John Bakewell, 1721-1819; Martin Madan, 1726-1790||1985|
|Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #222||Hail, thou once despised Jesus||Hail, thou once despised Jesus||AUSTRIA||John Bakewell||1983|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #175||Hail, our once-rejected Jesus!||Hail, our once-rejected Jesus!||EBENEZER||J. Bakewell (1721-1819)||8 7 8 7 D||1987||God, Saviour | Ascended and Reigning; Lent 3, The King and the Kingdom | Suffering; The Ascension of Christ | ; Pentecost 3 | The Church's Confidence in Christ||and others|
|Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #192||Hail, thou once-despised Jesus||Hail, thou once-despised Jesus||87 87 D||1996|
|Hymns to the Living God #181||Hail, Thou once despiséd Jesus!||RUSTINGTON||John Bakewell; Augustus M. Toplady||220.127.116.11.D||2017||Jesus Christ | Resurrection and Exaltation|
|Lutheran Service Book #531||Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus||Hail, Thou once despised Jesus!||O DURCHBRECHER||87 87 D||Isaiah 53; 1 Peter 1:18-20; Ephesians 2:13-18; Revelation 5:9-14||2006||Redeemer |||<cite>Hymns Addressed to the Holy, Holy, Holy, Triune God,</cite> LOndon, 1757 (sts. 1, 3a, 4a) alt.; <cite>A Collection of Psalms and Hymns,</cite> London, 1760 (sts. 2, 3b, 4b) alt.|
|Lutheran Worship #284||Hail, O Once Rejected Jesus||Hail, O once rejected Jesus!||O DURCHBRECHER||87 87 D||1982||Redeemer |||Author unknown, c. 1757|
|Moravian Book of Worship #330||Hail, O Once Despised Jesus||Hail, O once despised Jesus!||CASSEL||John Bakewell||18.104.22.168.D. Trochaic||Isaiah 53; Matthew 27:32-56; Mark 15:34-37; Luke 23:33-49; John 19:16-30; 1 Corinthians 5:7-8; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Philippians 2:6-11; Hebrews 7:25||1995||Lent | ; Christ--Adoration and praise | ; Christ--Atonement | ; Christ--Intercessor | ; Christ--Lamb of God | ; Christ--Substitute, our | ; Christian year--Lent ||
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #395||Hail, O Once-Despised Jesus||Hail, O once-despised Jesus||ARFON (Major)||John Bakewell||87 87 D||John 19:2-5; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15; Hebrews 7:25; Revelation 5:6-14; Romans 8; Revelation 5:14; Hebrews 7; Luke 9; Philippians 2:11||1987||Doxologies | ; Ascension & Reign of Christ | ; Biblical Names & Places | Galilee/Galilean; Easter | ; Angels | ; Atonement | ; Lamb of God | ; Salvation ||
|Rejoice in the Lord #333||Hail, Thou Once-Despised Jesus||Hail, thou once-despised Jesus||IN BABILONE||John Bakewell||22.214.171.124 D||Psalm 45:7; 1 Corinthians 5:7; Ephesians 2:13; Hebrews 1:9; Hebrews 12:24; Revelation 5:12||1985||Jesus Christ | Mediator|
|Singing the Faith #301||Hail, thou once despised Jesus||Hail, thou once despised Jesus||AUSTRIA||John Bakewell, 1721-1819||87 87 D||Isaiah 53:3-6; Leviticus 16; Romans 8:34||2011||Jesus Christ: Risen and Ascended ||
|Small Church Music #292||Hail Thou once despised Jesus||Hail Thou once despised Jesus||HYFRYDOL||John Bakewell||126.96.36.199.D|
|Small Church Music #2126||Autumn||Hail, Thou once despised Jesus!||AUTUMN||John Bakewell|
|Small Church Music #3686||In Babilone||Hail Thou once despised Jesus||IN BABILONE||John Bakewell||188.8.131.52.D|
|The Baptist Hymnal: for use in the church and home #178||Hail, thou once despised Jesus!||Hail, thou once despised Jesus!||John Bakewell||2012|
|The Christian Life Hymnal #201||Hail, Thou once despised Jesus!||Hail, Thou once despised Jesus!||In Babilone||2006|
|The Cyber Hymnal #2545||Hail, Thou Once Despisèd Jesus||Hail, Thou once despisèd Jesus!||IN BABILONE||John Bakewell; Martin Madan||87.87 D|
|The United Methodist Hymnal #325||Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus||Hail, thou once despised Jesus||IN BABILONE||John Bakewell; Martin Madan||87.87 D||Revelation 4:2-11||1989||The Grace of Jesus Christ | In Praise of Christ; Christ's Gracious Life | Resurrection and Exaltation; ADORATION AND PRAISE | ; Christian Year | Easter; Christian Year | Ascension; Christian Year | Christ the King; Jesus Christ | ; Jesus Christ | Blood|
|The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #178||[Hail, thou once despised Jesus]||[Hail, thou once despised Jesus]||IN BABILONE||1991|
|The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #179||[Hail, thou once despised Jesus]||[Hail, thou once despised Jesus]||IN BABILONE||1991|
|Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #373||Hail, thou once-despised Jesus||Hail, thou once-despised Jesus||EBENEZER||John Bakewell, 1721-1819||87.87 D||Acts 5:29-32; Acts 10:37-43; Colossians 1:21-29; Hebrews 7:20-28; Hebrews 9:19-28; Isaiah 53:2-6; John 1:29; Revelation 5:11-14; Romans 5:6-11||1999||Ascension | ; Christ tne King Sunday | ; Jesus Christ | Kingship; Jesus Christ | Resurrection; New Life in Christ | ; Reconciliation | ; Resurrection | ; Salvation ||
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #176||Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus!||Hail, thou once despised Jesus||IN BABILONE||John Bakewell; Martin Madan; Augustus Montague Toplady (1740-1778)||184.108.40.206.D.||John 14:2; Hebrews 7:25; Revelation 5:12||1990||Jesus Christ | His Praise; Christ | Deity of; Christ | Suffering of|