|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|