The United Methodist Hymnal


The Head That Once Was Crowned

1.	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 
	belongs to him by right; 
	the King of kings and Lord of lords, 
	and heaven's eternal 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.

WORDS: Thomas Kelly, 1820
MUSIC: W. H. Monk, 1868
Scripture: Hebrews 2:9-10
Theme: Christ's Gracious Life: Resurrection and Exaltation; Christian Year: Ascension; Christian Year: Christ the King; Christian Year: Easter; Hope; Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ: Lordship; Joy