Crown Him with many crowns

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 Tree,
  As of that Tree the Stem;
The Root whence flows Thy mercy free,
  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 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 pierced feet
Fair flowers of glory now extend
  Their fragrance ever sweet.
Crown Him the Lord of years,
  The Potentate of time.
Creator of the rolling spheres,
  Ineffably sublime.
  All hail, Redeemer, hail!
  For Thou hast died for me;
Thy praise shall never, never fail
  Throughout eternity.
Leigh Powell

How can a person crown the lamb upon the throne?

First of all the Lamb upon the throne is the Lord Jesus Christ, who is at the right hand of the Majesty on High in Heaven (Hebrews 1). The Holy Spurit is subject to the leading of God the Father and God the Son, and takes of the things of the Lord Jesus and reveals them to His disciples.

A person can only crown the Lord Jesus who sits on the throne of Heaven by being born again of God's Holy Spirit, and becomes a child of God into God's family through repentance and faith in the gospel ( found in the 4 gospels and Romans, all in the New Testament). Having repented and believed the gospel, a person is born again ( hence being a son of God (John 3 verse 3 and John 1 verse 12).

Abraham slew a ram in place of sacrifice his son Isaac, as God commanded. The Lord Jesus is God's sacrificial lamb for the sins of the world INCLUDING YOURS and MINE (I'm a born again Christian).

Only when we are spiritually able to crown the Lord Jesus Christ as King of our born again Christian lives will we be able to crown Him who sits up in the throne. In order to do anything pleasing for God, we must be born again.


Atlanta, GA, United States


Abel Montes

Phoenix, Arizona

Praise God for my salvation. And thank for this old hymn. Good job. 😊😊😊😊😊

Matthew Ahouangbenon

Abomey-Calavi, Atlantique, Benin

What a beautiful hymn! I like the chord progression at the piano.

David Bumgarner

Florida Panhandle, Florida, United States

We should stand up for these TRUE hymns of worship and disallow those 3 minute ditty's, 7-11 songs, 7 words repeated 11 times. We have lost the art of worship and it is up to us to stand up for Jesus.

L J Florio-Roberts

The Lord gave me a new stanza:

Crown Him the King of kings

The Almighty God

Who over all the nations rules

With an iron rod

All hail, the Lord of Lords

Who shall reign forever

Our praise shall never, never cease

Through all eternity.

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

Born in Essex, England, Matthew Bridges was educated in the Church of England but subsequently turned to Catholicism in 1848. His hymns are found in 2 of his works, "Hymns of the Heart" (1848 and enlarged in 1852) and "The Passion of Jesus" (1852). The later part of his life was spent in Quebec, Canada. - Songs of the Spirit by Martin


Bridges also wrote the stanza "Crown Him the Lord of Life" provided by Betty on 10/12/2012 which usually appears as stanza 4.

Stanza 2 was written by Godfrey Thring in 1874 and also the stanza "Crown Him the Son of God" also given by Betty, which usually appears as stanza 3.

There are additional stanzas by unknown author(s) also provided by Betty.

Marilee Lampman

United States

Yes, love it!

Betty Jane Bonn

Dunlap, Illinois, United States

What a majestic and glorious anthem of praise to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords! Here are some additional verses:

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 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.

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.

Crown Him the Lord of Heav’n!

One with the Father known,

One with the Spirit through Him giv’n

From yonder glorious throne!

To Thee be endless praise,

For Thou for us hast died;

Be Thou, O Lord, thro’ endless days

Adored and magnified.

God bless you all!

Jeannine MacGregor

Mountain View, California, United States

While I am in the midst of a trial my heart has been singing this song. I just start humming it at odd times through out the day and even wake in the middle of night. "Awake my soul and sing of Him who died for thee. And hail Him as thy matchless King throughout eternity." My soul had been sleeping as I had been retreating like a wounded animal and hiding from my God and life in pain. But the pain became unbearable and caused me to awaken from my slumber and cry out to Jesus for His help. Jesus is helping me as I reach out and ask for help from wonderful, kind and caring Christians in my life. And now that I am "awake" I see how much Jesus loves me even unto death and I am eternally and extremely grateful to Him for His love and even the smallest blessings in my life. I have an attitude of gratitude and worship even though my circumstances have not changed for the better. You could even say they have become even more intense... Yet God is mighty and faithful and He will help me through my trials. May you too find God's blessings even in the midst of your storms of life.

We need to learn how to enter into the particular atmosphere of each Lord's table meeting and stay on one line. Once the meeting begins, we should sense the atmosphere and follow it. We should not have more than one beginning by trying to change the atmosphere or direction of a Lord's table meeting well after it has begun. There should be a smooth transition from one hymn to the next. We should not take this word in a legal way, but we need to exercise our spirit and our mind with its function of understanding to recognize, enter into, discern, and taste the flavor and atmosphere of a meeting. This requires learning.

We should not call hymns and offer praises in a table meeting according to our personal feeling but should follow the corporate flow and atmosphere. In a particular Lord's table meeting, someone may call Hymns, #86, which is not high but is deep and tender. This hymn praises the Lord for His human living. Many Christians do not know how to enter into the feeling of such a hymn because they do not know how to appreciate and praise the Lord for His human living. There will be a lack of continuation if soon after we sing this hymn in a Lord's table meeting, someone calls a hymn such as Hymns, #142, which begins, "Crown Him with many crowns." After a hymn has been called, we should spend some time to taste and digest the hymn. At least four or five prayers of praise are needed to digest most hymns. The dishes in a feast are not served in rapid sequence; instead, there is time between each dish for enjoyment. To call a hymn with a different feeling soon after another one has been sung is to not sense the atmosphere but only take care of one's personal feeling. Our hymn calling should build up a proper spirit of remembering the Lord in His presence. We all need to learn, but no one should be discouraged or take this fellowship as a legal regulation.