Ride on! ride on in majesty!Author: Henry Hart Milman (1827)
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1 Ride on, ride on in majesty!
Hear all the tribes hosanna cry;
O Savior meek, your road pursue,
with palms and scattered garments strewn.
2 Ride on, ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die.
O Christ, your triumphs now begin
o’er captive death and conquered sin.
3 Ride on, ride on in majesty!
The hosts of angels in the sky
look down with sad and wondering eyes
to see the approaching sacrifice.
4 Ride on, ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die;
bow your meek head to mortal pain;
then take, O Christ, your power and reign.
|First Line:||Ride on! ride on in majesty!|
|Author:||Henry Hart Milman (1827)|
all st. = Matt 21:1-17
Henry H. Milman (b. St. James, London, England, 1791; d. Sunninghill, Berkshire, England, 1868) wrote this text around 1822. It was first published in Reginald Heber's (PHH 249) Hymns Written and Adapted to the Weekly Church Services of the Year (1827). Of the text of this fine Palm Sunday hymn, Stanley L. Osborne (PHH 395) has written,
Objective, robust, confident, and stirring, it possesses that peculiar combination of tragedy and victory which draws the singer into the very centre of the drama. It is this which gives the hymn its power and its challenge (If Such Holy Song, 449).
The text unites meekness and majesty, sacrifice and conquest, suffering and glory–all central to the gospel for Palm Sunday. Each stanza begins with "Ride on, ride on in majesty." Majesty is the text's theme as the writer helps us to experience the combination of victory and tragedy that characterizes the Triumphal Entry. Christ is hailed with "Hosanna" as he rides forth to be crucified (st. 1). That death spells victory: it is his triumph "o'er captive death and conquered sin" (st. 2). God the Father awaits Christ's victory with expectation (st. 3). Finally, Christ rides forth to take his "power … and reign!" (Note how "reign" is subtly offered as both noun and verb.) The original third stanza was not included.
Milman was a playwright, professor of poetry, historian, theologian, churchman, and hymn writer–and he was successful in all these areas. He graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford, England, in 1816, and by 1823 had written three popular plays with religious themes. He was appointed professor of poetry at Oxford in 1821 but turned to the study of church history after 1827. His History of the Jews (1829), which raised vehement protest from reviewers, was influenced by the new critical German methods. Ordained in 1817, Milman served St. Mary's Church in Reading and St. Margaret's Church in London; his most illustrious church appointment was as dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, a position he held from 1849 until his death. His finest scholarly work is his History of Latin Christianity (1854). Milman wrote thirteen hymns, all published in Bishop Heber's Hymns (1827).
Obligatory for every Palm Sunday morning worship service (with 375/376).
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
Ride on, ride on in majesty . H. H. Milman. [Palm Sunday .] Published in Bishop Heber's posthumous Hymns, &c, 1827, p. 58, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and again in Milman's Selection of Psalms & Hymns, 1837, No. i., for Palm Sunday. The opening stanza, which reads:—
"Ride on! ride on in majesty!
Hark! all the tribes Hosannacry!
Thine humble beast pursues his road,
With palms and scatter'd garments strew'd,"
has failed to be acceptable to most editors. Murray, in his Hymnal, 1852, endeavoured to soften down the third line by making it read:—
"0 Saviour meek, pursue Thy road." This was adopted by Hymns Ancient & Modern., and others. In 1855 Mercer tried another change:—
“With joyous throngs pursue Thy road,"
but this has received but little attention. Several hymnals follow the example of Elliott's Psalms & Hymn, 1835, and omit st. i. These include the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871. Original text in Book of Praise, 1862-67. This hymn ranks with the best of the author's lyrics, and is the most popular hymn for Palm Sunday in the English language.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (34)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Chalice Hymnal #191||Ride on, ride on in majesty!||Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!||Henry H. Milman||Robert Schumann||184.108.40.206||John 12:12-13||CANONBURY||G Major or modal||English||1995|
|Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #132||Ride on, ride on in majesty||Ride On, Ride On in Majesty||Henry H. Milman, 1791-1868||Graham George, b. 1912||220.127.116.11||THE KING’S MAJESTY||e minor||1993|
|Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #133||Ride on, ride on in majesty||Ride On, Ride On in Majesty||Henry H. Milman, 1791-1868||WINCHESTER NEW||B Flat Major||1993|
|Church Family Worship #218||Ride on, ride on in majesty||18.104.22.168||1988|
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #238||Ride on! ride on in majesty||2000|
|Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #365||Ride on! ride on in majesty!||Henry Hart Milman (1791-1868)||William Henry Havergal (1793-1870)||22.214.171.124||1 Corinthians 15:24-26; 1 Corinthians 15:54-57; 1 Peter 1:12; Exodus 24:10; Ezekiel 1:26; John 12:13-15; John 19:30; Luke 19:35-38; Mark 11:7-10; Matthew 21:4-9; Psalm 2:2; Psalm 2:7; Zechariah 8:9||WINCHESTER NEW (CRASSELIUS)||g minor||English||2005|
|Common Praise (1998) #182||Ride on, ride on in majesty!||Ride On, Ride On in Majesty||Henry Hart Milman (1791-1868)||William Henry Monk (1823-1889)||126.96.36.199||Psalm 118; Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12; Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; John 12:12-19; John 18:1 - 19:42; Psalm 118; Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12; Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; John 12:12-19; John 18:1 - 19:42||WINCHESTER NEW||B Flat Major||1998|
|Complete Anglican Hymns Old & New #595||Ride on, ride on in majesty||Ride on, ride on in majesty||2000|
|Complete Mission Praise #580||Ride on, ride on in majesty||188.8.131.52||2000|
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #280||Ride on, ride on in majesty||Ride On, Ride On in Majesty||H. H. Milman, 1791-1868||184.108.40.206||WINCHESTER NEW||B Flat Major||English||1996|
|Evangelical Lutheran Worship #346||Ride on, ride on in majesty!||Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!||Henry H. Milman, 1791-1868||Graham George, 1912-1993||220.127.116.11||THE KING'S MAJESTY||e minor||English||2006|
|Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #198||Ride on! ride on in majesty!||Ride On! Ride On in Majesty!||Henry Hart Milman||John Bacchus Dykes||18.104.22.168||Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:7-11; John 12:12-15; Hebrews 1:3; Revelation 1:5-6; Revelation 11:15||ST. DROSTANE||B Flat Major||English||2013|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #156||Ride on! ride on in majesty||Henry Hart Milman, 1791-1868||Graham George, b. 1912||22.214.171.124||THE KING'S MAJESTY||f minor||English||1985|
|Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #61||Ride on, ride on in majesty||126.96.36.199||1983|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #119||Ride on, ride on in majesty||H. Milman (1791-1868)||WINCHESTER NEW||B Flat Major||1987|
|Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #435||Ride on, ride on in majesty||188.8.131.52||1996|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #149||Ride on, ride on in majesty!||Ride On, Ride On in Majesty||Henry Hart Milman||Carlk Schalk||184.108.40.206||Matthew 21:1-17; Luke 19:28-38; John 12:13||DEO GRACIAS||c minor or modal||2013|
|Lutheran Service Book #441||Ride on, ride on in majesty!||Ride On, Ride On in Majesty||Henry H. Milman, 1791-1868||William H. Monk, 1823-89||220.127.116.11||John 12:12-16; Psalm 118:23-26; Zechariah 9:9||WINCHESTER NEW||B Flat Major||English||2006|
|Moravian Book of Worship #343||Ride on! Ride on in majesty!||Ride On! Ride On in Majesty||Henry Hart Milman, 1791-1868||John Frederick Wolle||18.104.22.168||PALMARUM||e minor or modal||English||1995|
|Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #90||Ride on! Ride on in majesty!||Ride On! Ride On in Majesty!||Henry Hart Milman||Graham George||22.214.171.124||Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:7-11||THE KING'S MAJESTY||e minor||English||1990|
|Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #91||Ride on! Ride on in majesty!||Ride On! Ride On in Majesty!||Henry Hart Milman||John Bacchus Dykes||126.96.36.199||Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:7-11||ST. DROSTANE||B Flat Major||English||1990|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #382||Ride on, ride on, in majesty||Ride On, Ride On in Majesty||Henry Hart Milman||Henry B. Hays||188.8.131.52||Matthew 21:1-17; Matthew 21:11||CHICKAHOMINY||f minor||English||1987|
|Rejoice in the Lord #280||Ride on! Ride on in majesty!||Ride On! Ride On in Majesty!||H. H. Milman||Graham George||184.108.40.206||Matthew 21:1-9; Luke 19:28-38; John 12:12-15; Mark 11:1-10||THE KING'S MAJESTY||f minor||English||1985|
|Rejoice in the Lord #281||Ride on! Ride on in majesty!||Ride On! Ride On in Majesty!||H. H. Milman||Henry Duncalf||220.127.116.11||Matthew 21:1-9; John 12:12-15; Luke 19:28-38; Mark 11:1-10||ST. BARTHOLOMEW||B Flat Major||English||1985|
|Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #160||Ride on! ride on in majesty!||Walter K. Stanton (1891-1978)||18.104.22.168||CANNOCK||G Major or modal||312D5U143233212D5654||1985|
|Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #386||Ride on, ride on in majesty||22.214.171.124||1999|
|The Christian Life Hymnal #156||Ride on! Ride on in majesty!||Winchester New||2006|
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #229||Ride on! ride on in majesty!||Ride on! Ride On in Majesty!||Henry Hart Milman, 1791-1868||126.96.36.199||Matthew 21:5-11; Luke 19:28-40||WINCHESTER NEW||B Flat Major||1996|
|The New Century Hymnal #215||Ride on! Ride on in majesty!||Ride On! Ride On in Majesty||Henry H. Milman; Lavon Bayler||John B. Dykes||188.8.131.52||Luke 19:36-38; Zechariah 9:9||ST. DROSTANE||B Flat Major||1995|
|The Worshiping Church #205||Ride on, ride on in majesty||Ride On, Ride On in Majesty||Henry H. Milman||184.108.40.206||John 12:12-15; Psalm 45:4; Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 21:8-9; Mark 11:8-10; Luke 19:36-38||TRURO||C Major||English||1990|
|Together in Song: Australian Hymn Book II #348||Ride on, ride on in majesty||220.127.116.11||1999|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #237||Ride on, ride on in majesty||Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!||Henry Hart Milman||John B. Dykes||18.104.22.168||Matthew 21:5; Mark 11:7-10||ST. DROSTANE||B Flat Major||English||1990|
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #127||Ride on! Ride on in majesty!||Ride On! Ride On in Majesty!||Henry Hart Milman||Graham George||22.214.171.124||THE KING'S MAJESTY||e minor or modal||English||1996|
|Worship and Rejoice #268||Ride on, ride on in majesty!||Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!||Henry H. Milman, 1791-1868||126.96.36.199||Mark 11:8-10; Matthew 21:9; Isaiah 53:7; John 12:12-15; Psalm 45:4; Luke 19:36-38||TRURO||C Major||2001|