Scripture Verse

On His head were many crowns. Revelation 19:12

Introduction

Words: Ez­ra E. Adams (1813–1871). These words ap­peared in The Charm, by Phi­lip P. Bliss (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Root & Ca­dy, 1871), num­ber 4. How­ev­er, The Charm gave on­ly an abridged ver­sion of three stan­zas, and did not iden­ti­fy the lyr­i­cist. Ac­know­ledge­ment of Ad­ams as the au­thor ap­peared in The Con­cor­dia, by Al­ma Jane Her­bert (Con­cord, New Hamp­shire: Rum­ford Print­ing, 1907), pag­es 26–27.

Music: White­cha­pel George F. Root, 1871 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ad­ams (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
George F. Root
(1820–1895)

Lyrics

Bring a garland for His brow,
Pour your incense at His feet;
Ye who in His presence bow,
Ye who stand around His seat.

Refrain

Crown Him, crown Him, wondrous story,
Son of man yet King of glory!
Pour your incense at His feet,
Ye who stand around His seat.

Weave for Him a diadem,
Ye who know His mighty love;
Gather every priceless gem
From the worlds below—above.

Refrain

All the Church in heaven and earth
Cast your crowns before His throne,
Magnify His matchless worth,
He redeemed you—He alone.

Refrain

Adams’ original poem, as given in The Concordia:

Bring a garland for His brow,
Pour your incense at His feet,
Ye who stand around His seat,
Who in His bright presence bow:
Crown Him! crown Him! wondrous story,
Jesus is the King of Glory.

Weave for Him a diadem
Ye who know His mighty love,
From the worlds below, above,
Gather every priceless gem.
Crown Him! crown Him! wondrous story,
Son of man, yet King of glory.

Be His brow with splendor crowned,
Thorns once pierced His gentle head,
He was numbered with the dead;
In His blood our sins are drowned.
Crown Him! crown Him! wondrous story,
Jesus died, the King of Glory.

All the church in Heaven and earth,
Cast your crowns before His throne,
He redeemed you, He alone;
Magnify His matchless worth.
Crown Him! crown Him! wondrous story,
Jesus rose, the King of Glory.

Every sceptered one below,
Principalities above,
Celebrate His boundless love—
His eternal grandeur show.
Crown Him! crown Him! wondrous story,
Jesus reigns, the King of Glory.