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Ascension Day

188. The head, that once was crowned with thorns

C.M.

St. Magnus:

Jeremiah Clark, 1709

Thomas Kelly, 1820

The head, that once was crowned with thorns,

Is crowned with glory now;

A royal diadem adorns

The mighty Victor's brow.

The highest place that heaven affords

Is His, is His by right,

The King of kings, and Lord of lords,

And heaven's eternal Light.

The joy of all who dwell above;

The joy of all below,

To whom He manifests His love

And grants His Name to know.

To them the cross with all its shame,

With all its grace is given;

Their name, an everlasting name,

Their joy, the joy of heaven.

They suffer with their Lord below,

They reign with Him above,

Their profit and their joy to know

The mystery of His love.

The cross He bore is life and health,

Though shame and death to Him:

His people's hope, His people's wealth,

Their everlasting theme.

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