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

By I. “The head that once was crowned with thorns”

Thomas Kelly (1769–1854)

THE HEAD that once was crowned with thorns,

Is crowned with glory now:

A royal diadem adorns

The mighty Victor’s brow.

The highest place that heaven affords

Is His, is His by right:

The King of kings, and Lord of lords,

And heaven’s eternal Light.

The joy of all who dwell above,

The joy of all below,

To whom He manifests His love,

And grants His name to know:

To them the cross with all its shame

With all its grace, is given:

Their name an everlasting name,

Their joy the joy of heaven.

They suffer with their Lord below,

They reign with Him above;

Their profit and their joy to know

The mystery of His love.

The cross He bore is life and health,

Though shame and death to Him,

His people’s hope, His people’s wealth,

Their everlasting theme.