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Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.

By “Crown Him with many crowns”

Matthew Bridges (1800–1894)

  • “In Capite Ejus, Diademata Multa.”
  • Apoc. xix. 12.

  • CROWN Him with many crowns,

    The Lamb upon His throne;

    Hark! how the heavenly 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 Lord of Love!

    Behold His Hands and Side,—

    Rich 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 Peace!

    Whose power a sceptre sways,

    From pole to pole,—that wars may cease,

    Absorbed in 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 Years!

    The Potentate of Time,—

    Creator of the rolling spheres,

    Ineffably sublime!

    Glass’d in a sea of light,

    Where everlasting waves

    Reflect His Throne,—the Infinite!

    Who lives,—and loves,—and saves.

    Crown Him the Lord of Heaven!

    One with the Father known,—

    And the blest Spirit, through Him given,

    From yonder triune throne!

    All hail! Redeemer,—hail!

    For Thou hast died for me;

    Thy praise shall never, never fail,

    Throughout eternity!