Once Was Heard the Songs of Children

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1 Once was heard the song of children
By the Saviour when on earth;
Joyful in the sacred temple
Shouts of youthful praise had birth;
And Hosannas, And Hosannas
Loud to David's Son broke forth.

2 Palms of victory strewn around Him,
Garments spread beneath His feet,
Prophet of the Lord they crowned Him,
In fair Salem's crowded street,
While Hosannas
From the lips of children greet.

3 God o'er all in heaven reigning,
We this day Thy glory sing;
Not with palms Thy pathway strewing,
We would loftier tribute bring,--
Glad Hosannas
To our Prophet, Priest, and King.

4 O, though humble is our offering,
Deign accept our grateful lays;
Those from children once proceeding
Thou didst deem "perfected praise."
Now Hosannas,
Saviour, Lord, to thee we raise.


Source: Voices of Praise: for school and church and home #72

Author: Howard Kingsbury

Kingsbury, Howard. This name is associated with the popular hymn in days gone by, "Come, let us all unite and sing, God is love!" (God is Love), but concerning the same we have failed to gain any information. We know personally that the hymn was in common use nearly forty years ago (circa 1850). --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

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First Line: Once was heard the songs of children
Title: Once Was Heard the Songs of Children
Author: Howard Kingsbury
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Once was heard the song of children. [Palm Sunday.] This in Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, 1872, and others, is attributed in the S. MSS. to "Howard Kingsbury, 1850.”

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)


[Once was heard the song of children] (15656)



William H. Monk (PHH 332) composed CORONAE in 1871. The following year it was published in J Ireland Tucker's Hymnal with Tunes Old and New as a setting for Thomas Kelly's text "Look, ye saints, the sight is glorious." That text had "Crown him!" in each stanza, thus the title for this tune. A bar fo…

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