Scripture Verse

Children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David. Matthew 21:15


Words: How­ard Kings­bu­ry, in The Child’s Hymn Book (New York: Am­er­i­can Tract So­ci­e­ty, 1840), num­ber 11, alt.

Music: Cal­a­ver­as, Lo­well Ma­son, in The Sun­day School Ser­vice and Tune Book, ed­it­ed by John C. Hol­lis­ter (New York; Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois & Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Ma­son Bro­thers, 1863), num­ber 23 (🔊 pdf nwc)

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

Lowell Mason


Once was heard the song of children
By the Savior when on earth;
Joyful in the sacred temple
Shouts of youthful praise had birth;
And hosannas, and hosannas
Loud, to David’s Son broke forth.

Palms of victory strewn around Him,
Garments spread beneath His feet;
Prophet of the Lord they crowned Him,
In fair Salem’s crowded street;
While hosannas, while hosannas,
Children sang in accents sweet.

Blessèd Savior, now triumphant,
Glorified and throned on high,
Mortal lays, from man or infant,
With the songs of angels vie;
And hosannas, and hosannas,
Swell the chorus of the sky.

God o’er all, in glory reigning,
We this day Thy praises sing;
Not with palms Thy pathway strewing,
We would loftier tribute bring;
Glad hosannas, glad hosannas,
To our prophet, priest, and king.

O, though humble is our offering,
Deign accept our grateful lays;
Those from children once proceeding
Thou didst deem perfected praise.
Now hosannas, now hosannas
Savior, Lord, to Thee we raise.