Scripture Verse

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy king cometh unto thee: He is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. Zechariah 9:9


Words: Trans­lat­ed from La­tin by Clau­dia F. Her­na­man, A Child’s Book of Praise (Lon­don: J. T. Hayes, 1873), alt.

Music: Im­ma­nu­el Sam­uel Webbe, Sr. (1740–1816) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know the orig­in­al La­tin ti­tle or au­thor, or where to get a good pho­to of Her­na­man (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Samuel Webbe, Sr. (1740–1816)


Behold! be­hold, He com­eth,
Who doth sal­va­tion bring;
Lift up your heads re­joic­ing,
And wel­come Zi­on’s king;
With hymns of joy we praise the Lord,
Hosanna to th’In­car­nate Word!

Hosanna to the Sav­ior,
Who came on Christ­mas morn,
And, of a low­ly vir­gin,
Was in a sta­ble born;
Immanuel! Blest Je­sus! come!
Within Thy child­ren make Thy home.

Yea, come in love and meek­ness
Our Sav­ior now to be;
Come to be form­èd in us,
And make us like to Thee,
Before the day of wrath draw near,
When, as our judge, Thou shalt ap­pear.

Soon shalt Thou sit in glo­ry
Upon the great white throne,
And pu­nish all the wick­ed,
And re­comp­ense Thine own;
When ev­ery word and deed and thought
To right­eous judg­ment shall be brought.

Here, good and bad are ming­led;
But on that judg­ment day
The an­gels shall di­vide them,
And take the bad away;
Grant, Lord, that we be faith­ful found
When the last trum­pet call shall sound!

Procession Through the
Streets of Jerusalem
James Tissot (1836–1902)