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Crown Him with Many Crowns

by Matthew Bridges (1800-1894) stanzas 1,2,5,6,7&9 and Godfrey Thring (1823-1903) stanzas 3,4&8

(stanzas 1-2)

Crown Him with many crowns,
The Lamb upon His throne.
Hark! How the heav’nly 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.

Crown Him the virgin’s son,
The God incarnate born,
Whose arm those crimson trophies won
Which now His brow adorn;
Fruit of the mystic rose,
As of that rose the stem;
The root whence mercy ever flows,
The Babe of Bethlehem.


Crown Him the Son of God,
Before the worlds began,
And ye who tread where He hath trod,
Crown Him the Son of Man;
Who every grief hath known
That wrings the human breast,
And takes and bears them for His own,
That all in Him may rest.

Crown Him the Lord of life,
Who triumphed o’er the grave,
And rose victorious in the strife
For those He came to save.
His glories now we sing,
Who died, and rose on high,
Who died eternal life to bring,
And lives that death may die.


Crown Him the Lord of peace,
Whose power a scepter sways
From pole to pole, that wars may cease,
And all be prayer and praise.
His reign shall know no end,
And round His piercèd feet
Fair flowers of paradise extend
Their fragrance ever sweet.

Crown Him the Lord of love,
Behold His hands and side,
Those 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.

Crown Him the Lord of Heav’n,
Enthroned in worlds above,
Crown Him the king to whom is giv’n
The wondrous name of Love.
Crown Him with many crowns,
As thrones before Him fall;
Crown Him, ye kings, with many crowns,
For He is king of all.

(stanza 8)

Crown Him the Lord of lords,
Who over all doth reign,
Who once on earth, the incarnate Word,
For ransomed sinners slain,
Now lives in realms of light,
Where saints with angels sing
Their songs before Him day and night,
Their God, Redeemer, king.

(stanza 9)

Crown Him the Lord of years,
The Potentate of time,
Creator of the rolling spheres,
Ineffably sublime.
All hail, Redeemer, hail!
For Thou has died for me;
Thy praise and glory shall not fail
Throughout eternity.

Notes on the Hymn

The evangelical revival of the 18th century brought about unprecedented changes in the staid Church of England. The influence of John and Charles Wesley led to a rise in congregational singing. Though hymn singing flourished, musical and liturgical standards varied greatly. In contrast, a group of reformers known as the Tractarians urged a return to more formal, liturgical worship.

Matthew Bridges

Poet and scholar Matthew Bridges converted to Catholicism in response to these ideals. In 1851, he wrote "Crown Him with Many Crowns" based on Revelation 19:12--"On his head were many crowns."

Godfrey Thring

Godfrey Thring, Anglican priest, wrote a hymn on the same text in 1874, upon request of Anglican clergy who opposed the Tractarians. Both hymns beautifully reflect the Revelation text. Hymn editors generally use a combination of stanzas from both authors. Ironically, the hymn was widely popular among both evangelicals and Tratarians. And it remains a favorite today.

About the Author Larry Frazier

Larry spent 24 years teaching music at the University of West Georgia to over 6,000 students. Ten years ago, Larry and his wife Mary Lynn, received comfort, support and inspiration from traditional Christian hymns while she overcame stage-three colon cancer. Larry is on a mission to help you discover God’s incredible power through the intersection of faith and Christian music in your life.