THE head that once was crowned with thorns
   Is crowned with glory now:
A royal diadem adorns
    The mighty Victor’s brow.
2  The highest place that Heaven affords
    Is His by sovereign right:
The King of kings, and Lord of lords,
    He reigns in perfect light.
3  The joy of all who dwell above,
    The joy of all below
To whom He manifests His love,
    And grants His name to know.
4  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.
5  They suffer with their Lord below;
    They reign with Him above;
Their profit and their joy, to know
    The mystery of His love.
6  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.
Thomas Kelly, 1769-1855