Sunday, April 17, 2011

All Glory, Laud and Honor

This bold and vigorous Palm Sunday hymn was written in around 820 AD by an incarcerated Italian Monk. Theodulph of Orleans, an Italian noble who chose a life of service, was appointed Bishop of Orleans by Charlenaigne. After Charlemagne's death he was imprisoned by Louis the Pious who suspected him of being loyal to Italian political leaders. He died in prison in 821 after three years of incarceration. This hymn exhibits his faith and ability to praise in tough situations. It also narrates the story of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It is in the public domain.

All glory, laud and honor
To Thee, Redeemer, King,
To whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring!
The people of the Hebrews
With palms before Thee went;
Our praise and pray’r and anthems
Before Thee we present.

Thou art the King of Israel,
Thou, David’s royal Son,
Who in the Lord’s name comest,
The King and blessed One!
To Thee, before Thy passion,
They sang their hymns of praise;
To Thee, now high exalted,
Our melody we raise.

Thou didst accept their praises;
Accept the pray’rs we bring,
Who in all good delightest,
Thou good and gracious King!
All glory, laud and honor
To Thee, Redeemer, King,
To whom the lips of Children
Made sweet hosannas ring!

All Glory, Laud and Honor. For Festival Chorus with Orchestra or Symphonic Band. [Words by] Theodulph of Orleans ... Setting by N. Cain. [For mixed voices and P. F. accompaniment.]

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