Scripture Verse

They took palm branches and went out to meet Him, shouting, Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel. John 12:12–13

Introduction

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Thomas R. Taylor
(1807–1835)

Words: Tho­mas R. Tay­lor (1807–1835). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Mem­oirs and Se­lect Re­mains, 1836.

Music: Palm Sun­day Karl P. Har­ring­ton, 1905 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Karl P. Harrington
(1861–1953)

Lyrics

There was a time when children sang
The Savior’s praise with sacred glee,
And all the hills of Judah rang
With their exulting jubilee.

O to have joined their rapturous songs,
And swelled their sweet hosannas high,
And blessed Him with our feeble tongues
As He, the Man of grief, went by!

But Christ is now a glorious king,
And angels in His presence bow;
The humble songs that we can sing,
O will He, can He, hear them now?

He can, He will, He loves to hear
The notes which loving children raise;
Jesus, we come with trembling fear:
O teach our hearts and tongues to praise!

We join the hosts around Thy throne,
Who once, like us, the desert trod;
And thus we make their song our own,
Hosanna to the Son of God!