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.
Ana Lara

Storrs, Connecticut, United States

Though he was born in England, Matthew Bridges lived a number of years in Canada, and then returned to England before his death. Raised in the Anglican Church, Bridges was part of a group, popular of the time, that sought to go back to the early church to investigate their traditions, liturgy, and ways of worship. In doing so, many of the folks in this movement, switched allegiances to the Roman Catholic church. Bridges himself was first a minister in the Anglican church, and then later became a priest in the Catholic Church. He wrote a number of hymns, and this one, which in his lyrics referred to the Virgin Mary, became accepted by the Protestant churches, after it was rewritten without references to Mary. Bridges’ hymn identifies Jesus Christ as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and perhaps was in part motivated by the reference in revelation, 5:13 to the Lamb on the throne, as well as Revelation, 19:12, which speaks of many crowns.

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Jim Smith

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

Christ was made a little lower than the angels because of the suffering of death. God the Father crowned Him with glory and honor that He might taste death for every man. That is you and me! That surely was a bitter taste. Only Christ

Is worthy of such great glory and honor! Lord, we worship you! You died for us!

Carol N

Massachusetts, United States

Yes, Rodney. There's a family that sings this hymn beautifully. Their YouTube channel is called "Sounds like Reign."

Rodney Wayne Farmer

Ocala, FL, United States

What a great old song, have you heard it any where recently

Victor Turner

Charlotte, NC, United States

I hope to remember this hymn forever. Praise the Lord. ❤️

Asana Jesse Enietie

Uyo, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria

Bless be the God who was, and is, and is to come forever and ever AMEN.


Detroit, MI, United States

HALLELUYAH❣️ Bless you 🙏

Samuel Bazie

Accra, Ghana

Praise the Lord! Oh my soul

Praise his holy name and declare his wonderful deeds

In the abundance Of his love, he she'd his incorruptible blood for the remission of our sins

Crown him, all who have life


William Jeng

Irvine, CA, United States

Praise the Lord for stanza 3!

1Pe 1:12 - "To them it was revealed that not to themselves but to you they ministered these things, which have now been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, which things angels long to look into."


Milwaukee, United States

Don’t know if others sometimes experience an inner confusion where you get stuck fighting your own flesh instead of giving the battle over to the Lord and resting in his peace? I do all the time. Very unpleasant. The Lord explained to me that it’s the devils ploy to keep you out of fellowship with Jesus, like static on a radio station. He then powerfully gave me the second sentence of the hymn. Hark how the heavenly anthem frowns all music but its own. What power! Radio static, be gone! What fellowship! I did nothing except agree with and assert the heavenly reality in faith. What a salvation from any fleshly music! Not by any harsh rejection of it, but by simple drowning out. It is just too strong. What can I say except hallelujah! Not my work. Jesus all the way. Loving Jesus.

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.

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