Hymn in Honour of the Crown of Thorns (Christ's peerless Crown)

This is a hymn about sufferiung, which is particularly appropriate on Good Friday, and was originally written for use during the Lauds as part of the Divine Office.

The words were written (or translated to English) English Anglican priest, scholar and hymnwriter, and later Roman Catholic convert-priest Edward Caswall (1814-1878).

With meter Long Meter (8888), it can be set to a variety of tunes including :
  • DIBDIN by Dr. Jackson, 1842

Hymn-books which it has been published in include:
  • Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. 1884.
  • Lyra Catholica, 1851


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Christ's peerless crown is pictured in
The figures of the Law.
The Ram entangled in the Thorns;
The Bush which Moses saw.

The rainbow girding round the ark
The table's crown of gold;
The incense that in waving wreaths
Around the Altar rolled.

Hail! Circlet dear! that did'st the pangs
Of dying Jesus feel,
Thou dost the brightest gems outshine.
And all the stars excel.

Praise honour, to the Fathers be
And sole begotten Son;
Praise to the Spirit Paraclete
While endless ages run.

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