The head that once was crowned with thorns


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 all 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.


Words: Thomas Kelly (1769-1855), 1820

MIDI: St. Magnus (Jeremiah Clarke, ca. 1673-1707)

Meter: CM

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874 300 St. Magnus  
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868 129 Caithness  
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869 212 Lancaster  
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley) 114 Downes  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert) 114 Claremont, Flensburg  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau) 114 Lancaster  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins) 114 St. Peter  
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874 207 Corona  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924 301 St. Magnus  
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879 419    
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885 568 St. Magnus  
The Hymnal Companion, 1890 229 St. Fulbert  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington) 372 All Hallows  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker) 372 St. Magnus  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins) 372 St. Fulbert, St. Magnus  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau) 372 St. Magnus  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein) 372 St. Magnus, St. Peter  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter) 372 Leeds, St. Magnus  
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
015 Yattendon no. 15  
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903 555 St. Magnus  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904 171 St. Magnus  
The English Hymnal, 1906 147 St. Magnus  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908 627 St. Fulbert, St. James, St. Magnus  
The Hymnal 1916 188 St. Magnus  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917 389 St. Magnus, Victoria Crucis  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919 399 St. Magnus  
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
131 St. Magnus  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925 295 St. Magnus, Yattendon no. 15  
Songs of Praise, 1925 364 St. Magnus  
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931 175 St. Magnus  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 590 St. Fulbert, St. James, St. Magnus  
The Hymnal 1940 106 St. Magnus  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 218 St. Magnus  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955 130 St. Magnus  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 384 St. Magnus  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 207 St. Magnus  
The Hymn Book 1971 108 St. Magnus  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 301 St. Magnus  
The Hymnal 1982 483 St. Magnus  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983 141 St. Magnus  
The New English Hymnal, 1985 134 St. Magnus  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 182 St. Magnus  
Church Family Worship, 1988 287 St. Magnus  
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 480 St. Magnus  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998 491 St. Magnus  
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999 378 St. Magnus  
Sing Glory, 1999 442 St. Magnus  
Complete Mission Praise, 2000 647 St. Magnus  
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 172 St. Magnus  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 644 St. Magnus  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 285 St. Magnus  

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