Ride on Ride on in Majesty

This is a hymn for Palm Sunday.

The words were written during the 1820s by English poet, parish priest and scholar / theologian, Henry Hart Milman (1791-1868).

With meter, tunes it has been set to include:
  • ST. DROSTANE (Dykes) by John Bacchus Dykes
  • WINCHESTER NEW from Musikalisches Handbuch
  • THE KING'S MAJESTY by Graham George (1939).


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Large choir with orchestra:

Small group (or singer with effects) and piano, with lyrics on-screen:

Choir with organ, lyrics on-screen:

Singer with guitar:

Band, contemporary setting:

Choir with organ, tune ST DROSTANE

Instrumental, tune ST DROSTANE


1 Ride on, ride on in majesty!
Hark! all the tribes hosanna cry;
O Saviour meek, pursue your road
with palms and scattered garments strowed.

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 winged squadrons of the sky
look down with sad and wond'ring eyes
to see th' approaching sacrifice.

4 Ride on, ride on in majesty!
Your last and fiercest strife is nigh;
the Father on his sapphire throne
expects his own anointed Son.

5 Ride on, ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die;
bow your meek head to mortal pain,
then take, O God, your pow'r and reign.

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