Crown Him with many crownsAuthor : Matthew Bridges (1851)
Tune: DIADEMATA (Elvey)
Published in 628 hymnals
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1 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.
2 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,
Yet of that rose the stem,
The root whence mercy ever flows,
The babe of Bethlehem.
3 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 their wond'ring eyes
At mysteries so bright.
4 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.
5 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.
Source: Lutheran Service Book #525
|First Line:||Crown Him with many crowns|
|Author :||Matthew Bridges (1851)|
|Notes:||Additional stanzas are given under #137A.|
Crown Him with many crown. [Christ the King.] Four hymns are found in common use, each of which opens with this stanza. They are:—
1. By Matthew Bridges, which appeared in his Hymns of the Heart, 2nd ed., 1851, p. 58, in 6 stanzas of 8 lines, and headed, "In capito ejus diademata multa. Apoc. xix. 12." This was repeated in his Passion of Jesus, 1852, p. 62, where the title runs, "Third Sorrowful Mystery, Song of the Seraphs. Apoc. xix. 12." In treatment and expression it has a more than slight resemblance to Kelly's "Look, ye saints, the sight is glorious" (q. v.). With alterations, and sometimes abbreviations, it appeared for congregational use in the People's Hymnal, 1867; Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1868 and 1875; Sarum, 1868; Hymnary, 1872; Hymnal Companion, and others.
2. In the Appendix to the Society for Promoting Christian KnowledgePsalms and Hymns, 1869, there aro 10 stanzas of 4 lines, of which 8 stanzas are from M. Bridges, and 2, i.e. stanzas vii. and viii., "Crown Him the Lord of Might," &c, are by another hand.
3. In S. P. C. K. Church Hymns, 1871, we have a cento based upon Bridges's text, and thus composed, i. Bridges; ii.-iii. Bridges altd.; iv. Rev. G. Thring; v. Bridges altd.; vi. from S. P. C. K. as above; vii. 11. 1-4, Rev. G. Thring; lines 5-8, Bridges.
4. The hymn opening with the same stanza in Thring's Collection, 1882, is practically new, the first stanza and line1 of the 5th being all that have been adopted from M. Bridges. Its original form in which it first appeared was, "Crown Him with crowns of gold." (In the American College Hymnal, N.Y., 1876.) This was in Mr. Thring's Hymns and Sacred Lyrics, 1874, p. 75, that portion of it contained in the Church Hymns, as noted above, having previously appeared in that collection. In 1880, on being transferred to Mr. Thring's Collection, M. Bridges's opening stanza was substituted for the original in order to retain those fine lines:—
"Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns
All music but its own."
A portion of the original hymn is sometimes given in American hymnals as, "Awake, my soul, and sing." It begins with line 5 of stanzas i., and is No. 272 in the Baptist Hymn and Tune Book Philadelphia, 1871
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
The original text was written by Matthew Bridges, and later revised in his second edition of Hymns of the Heart, published in 1851. Another text was written by Godfrey Thring, who wrote, “The greater part of this hymn was originally written at the request of the Reverend H. W. Hutton, to supply the place of some of the stanzas in Matthew Bridges’ well-known hymn, of which he and others did not approve; it was afterwards thought better to rewrite the whole, so that the two hymns might be kept entirely distinct” (Lutheran Hymnal Handbook). Thring’s original second verse is now commonly paired with Bridges’ original stanzas.
There are a great number of variations of this hymn text. Almost no two hymnals include the exact same arrangement of phrases or number/order of verses. It’s difficult even to say what the most common verses are, so simply be aware that texts differ and make sure to double check the commonality if you’re using copies of the hymn from multiple sources.
DIADEMATA was composed for this text by George J. Elvey in 1868. Albert Bailey writes, “This is another of those hymns that can be sung at different paces, but which don’t lend themselves to changes in volume. Rather, Crown Him…builds with pomp, the second half of each verse making you want to stand to sing” (The Gospel in Hymns, 76). Accompany this hymn with firm organ, piano, and trumpets, or with a driving drum beat and acoustic/electric guitar.
This hymn is perhaps most popular at Easter, but it would be fitting during any time of festivity or celebration of Christ’s rule, whether that be Easter, Ascension Day, or Christ the King Sunday. The hymn is a particularly fitting opening hymn of praise or processional. This hymn could be paired with “All Hail King Jesus,” “All Glory Laud and Honor,” or “All Hail the Power of Jesus Name,” just to name a few.
One of the most effective and simple costume changes is to put on a hat. When you walk off stage and return wearing a top hat, you are suddenly a different person. A “man of many hats” is someone who can be a different person in different contexts or crowds. This hymn declares that we are to crown our Lord with many crowns, but this does not mean that Jesus is a “man of many hats.” Christ was not simply a prophet, He was not simply the carpenter’s son, and He was not simply human, nor simply divine. Rather, this call to “crown him with many crowns” is a simple and yet profound declaration that Christ is many things, and everything. He is Lord of all, to be crowned for many things that all add up to Him being Savior of the world. Each crown represents a different aspect of who Christ is – Lord of life, Lord of love, Lord of years, Lord of heaven, the Lamb upon the throne. Christ is King, Servant, Lamb, Shepherd, and we celebrate this all-encompassing, paradoxical nature of our Savior by crowning Him the Lord of all.
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|Instances (44)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|A New Hymnal for Colleges and School #14||Crown him with many crowns||Diademata||1992|
|African American Heritage Hymnal #288||Crown Him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Godfrey Thring, 1823-1903; Matthew Bridges, 1800-1894||George J. Elvey, 1816-1893||22.214.171.124 D||Revelation 19:12; Revelation 14:14||DIADEMATA||D Major||English||2001|
|Baptist Hymnal 1991 #161||Crown Him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Godfrey Thring; Matthew Bridges||George J. Elvey||126.96.36.199 D||Revelation 19:12||DIADEMATA||E Flat Major||1991|
|Baptist Hymnal 2008 #304||Crown Him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Godfrey Thring; Matthew Bridges||George J. Elvey; David Winkler||188.8.131.52 D||DIADEMATA||D Major||English||2008|
|Celebrating Grace Hymnal #223||Crown Him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Matthew Bridges; Godfrey Thring||George J. Elvey||184.108.40.206 D||DIADEMATA||E Flat Major||2010|
|Celebration Hymnal #45||Crown Him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Matthew Bridges; Godfrey Thring||George J. Elvey||220.127.116.11 D||Revelation 19:12||DIADEMATA||D Major||English||1997|
|Chalice Hymnal #234||Crown him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Godfrey Thring; Matthew Bridges||George J. Elvey||18.104.22.168 D||DIADEMATA||D Major||English||1995|
|Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #341||Crown him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Matthew Bridges, 1800-94; Godfrey Thring, 1823-1903||George J. Elvey, 1816-93; Walter L. Pelz, b. 1926||22.214.171.124 D||DIADEMATA||D Major||1993|
|Church Family Worship #198||Crown him with many crowns||126.96.36.199 D||1988|
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #263||Crown him with many crowns||2000|
|Church Hymnary, Fourth Edition #459||Crown him with many crowns||Godfrey Thring (1823-1903); Matthew Bridges (1800-1894)||George Job Elvey (1816-1893)||DIADEMATA||D Major||English||2005|
|Common Praise #378||Crown him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Godfrey Thring (1823-1903); Matthew Bridges (1800-1894)||George Job Elvey (1816-1893)||188.8.131.52 D||Isaiah 9:1-7; Isaiah 52:7-10; Romans 5:1-11; Romans 8:31-39; Ephesians 1:15-23; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:1-4; Hebrews 2:5-12; 1 Peter 2:19-25; 1 John 3:16-24; 1 John 4:7-21; Revelation 5:11-14; Revelation 7:9-17; Revelation 15:2-4; Revelation 21:1-6; Revelation 21:10; Revelation 22:7||DIADEMATA||E Flat Major||1998|
|Complete Anglican Hymns Old & New #140||Crown him with many crowns||Crown him with many crowns||2000|
|Complete Mission Praise #109||Crown him with many crowns||184.108.40.206 D||2000|
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #55||Crown Him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||M. Bridges, 1800-94; G. Thring, 1823-1903||G. J. Elvey, 1816-93||220.127.116.11 D||DIADEMATA||D Major||English||1996|
|Evangelical Lutheran Worship #855||Crown him with many crowns||Godfrey Thring, 1823-1903; Matthew Bridges, 1800-1894||George J. Elvey, 1816-1893||18.104.22.168 D||DIADEMATA||D Flat Major||2006|
|Gather Comprehensive #485||Crown him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Matthew Bridges, 1800-1894; Godfrey Thring, 1823-1903||George J. Elvey, 1816-1893||22.214.171.124 D||Psalm 72:5-17; Psalm 46:9; Revelation 5:9; Revelation 19:12||DIADEMATA||D Major||English||1994|
|Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #489||Crown him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Matthew Bridges, 1800-1894; Godfrey Thring, 1823-1903||George J. Elvey, 1816-1893||126.96.36.199 D||DIADEMATA||D Major||English||2004|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #494||Crown him with many crowns||Matthew Bridges, 1800-1894||George Job Elvey, 1816-1893; Richard Proulx, b. 1937||188.8.131.52 D||DIADEMATA||D Major||English||1985|
|Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #147||Crown him with many crowns||184.108.40.206 D||1983|
|Hymns In The Vineyard #76||Crown Him with many crowns, The lamb upon His throne||CROWN HIM WITH MANY CROWNS/NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD||1999|
|Hymns of Faith #30||Crown Him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Godfrey Thring; Matthew Bridges||George J. Elvey||Romans 8:34; Hebrews 4:15; Revelation 19:12||[Crown Him with many crowns]||D Major||1980|
|Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #103||Crown him with many crowns||220.127.116.11 D||1996|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #223||Crown him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Godfrey Thring; Matthew Bridge||George j. Elvey||18.104.22.168 D||Isaiah 2:4; Revelation 19:12||DIADEMATA||D Major||2013|
|Living Hymns #13||Crown Him with many crowns||[Crown Him with many crowns]||1988|
|Lutheran Service Book #525||Crown Him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Matthew Bridges, 1800-94; Godfrey Thring, 1823-1903||George J. Elvey, 1816-93||22.214.171.124 D||Revelation 19:12; Revelation 19:16; Hebrews 2:9; Revelation 5:11-14; Philippians 2:9-11||DIADEMATA||D Major||English||2006|
|Presbyterian Hymnal #151||Crown Him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Matthew Bridges||George Job Elvey||126.96.36.199 D||Matthew 25:31; Revelation 5:6-14; Revelation 7:9-12||DIADEMATA||D Major||English||1990|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #410||Crown him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Matthew Bridges; Godfrey Thring||Hal H. Hopson; George J. Elvey||188.8.131.52 D||Isaiah 2:4; Revelation 19:11-16||DIADEMATA||D Major||English||1987|
|Rejoice in the Lord #600||Crown him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Matthew Bridges||G. J. Elvey||184.108.40.206 D||Psalm 46:9; Galatians 2:20; Revelation 19:12||DIADEMATA||E Flat Major||English||1985|
|Renew! #56||Crown him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Matthew Bridges; Godfrey Thring||George J. Elvey||220.127.116.11 D||DIADEMATA||D Major||English||1995|
|Revival Hymns and Choruses #34||Crown Him with many crowns, The Lamb upon His throne||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Matthew Bridges, 1800-1894; Godfrey Thring, 1823-1903||George J. Elvey, 1816-1893||18.104.22.168||DIADEMATA||D Major||English||1982|
|Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #223||Crown Him with many crowns||DIADEMATA||1985|
|Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #321||Crown him with many crowns||22.214.171.124 D||1999|
|Sing Joyfully #3||Crown Him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Matthew Bridges; Godfrey Thring||George J. Elvey||[Crown Him with many crowns]||D Major||English||1989|
|Songs for Life #181||Crown him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Matthew Bridges; Godfrey Thring||Hal H. Hopson; George J. Elvey||126.96.36.199 D||Revelation 19:12||DIADEMATA||D Major||English||1995|
|The Christian Life Hymnal #46||Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Godfrey Thring; Matthew Bridges||Diademata||2006|
|The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #234||Crown Him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Matthew Bridges; Godfrey Thring||George J. Elvey; Mark Hayes||188.8.131.52 D||DIADEMATA||D Major||1986|
|The New Century Hymnal #301||Crown with your richest crowns||Crown with Your Richest Crowns||Godfrey Thring; Thomas H. Troeger; Matthew Bridges||George J. Elvey||184.108.40.206 D||Revelation 7:9-10; John 19:16-34||DIADEMATA||E Flat Major||1995|
|The United Methodist Hymnal #327||Crown him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Matthew Bridges; Godfrey Thring||George J. Elvey||220.127.116.11 D||Revelation 19:12||DIADEMATA||E Flat Major||English||1989|
|The Worshiping Church #92||Crown him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Matthew Bridges; Godfrey Thring||George J. Elvey||18.104.22.168 D||1 Corinthians 15:54-57; John 20:25-28; John 5:12-13; Revelation 7:9-12; Revelation 8:34; Revelation 19:6-12||DIADEMATA||D Major||English||1990|
|Together in Song: Australian Hymn Book II #228||Crown him with many crowns||22.214.171.124 D||1999|
|Trinity Hymnal #295||Crown him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Matthew Bridges||George J. Elvey||126.96.36.199 D||Revelation 19:12||DIADEMATA||D Major||English||1990|
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #211||Crown him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Godfrey Thring; Matthew Bridges||George Job Elvey; Hal Hopson||188.8.131.52 D||DIADEMATA||E Flat Major||English||1996|
|Worship and Rejoice #317||Crown him with many crowns||Crown Him with Many Crowns||Matthew Bridges, 1800-1894; Godfrey Thring, 1823-1903||George J. Elvey, 1816-1893||184.108.40.206 D||Revelation 19:16; 1 Timothy 1:17; Revelation 19:6-12; 1 Corinthians 15:54-55; Revelation 17:14; John 20:25-28; Hebrews 2:7-9; John 5:12-13; 1 Timothy 6:15||DIADEMATA||D Major||2001|