#223 Crown Him With Many Crowns
Words: Matthew Bridges, 1851 (1800-1894)
Music: George J. Elvey, 1868 (1816-1893)
Crown him with many crowns,
the Lamb upon his throne,
Hark! how the heavenly 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 Lord of love!
behold his hands and side,
those wounds, yet visible above,
in beauty glorified;
No angel in the sky
Can fully bear that sight,
But downward bend his wondering eye
At mysteries so great.
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 paradise extend
their fragrance ever sweet.
Crown him the Lord of years;
The potentate of time,
Creator of the rolling spheres,
All hail, Redeemer, hail!
For thou hast died for me;
thy praise shall never, never fail
Matthew Bridges was born on July 14, 1800 at Maldon, Essex, England. Though raised as an Anglican, Bridges converted to Roman Catholicism in 1848. He lived in Quebec, Canada, for
some years, but eventually returned to England and died there on October 6, 1894.