Hymns of the Cross: Look, Ye Saints!

Thomas Kelly has written 790 hymns, most of which are rarely sung (a notable exception being “Praise the Savior, Ye Who Know Him”). Some of his texts, though, are overlooked gems, including one of his several hymns of the cross, “Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted” and what seems to be a Resurrection hymn, “Look, Ye, Saints! The Sight Is Glorious.”

I say seems, because it is difficult to tell from the text if the the “fight” referred to is the defeat of the grave or, perhaps, Christ’s ultimate victory against Satan and evil. In the latter case then, this would be a hymn of Christ’s final exaltation.

Either way, a great anthem for Resurrection day (and you can hear a demo of a strong arrangement by Dan Forrest, Jr. here ).

Look, Ye Saints! The Sight is Glorious

Look, ye saints! the sight is glorious:
See the Man of Sorrows now;
From the fight returned victorious,
Every knee to Him shall bow;
Crown Him, crown Him,
Crown Him, crown Him,
Crowns become the Victor’s brow,
Crowns become the Victor’s brow.

Crown the Savior! angels, crown Him;
Rich the trophies Jesus brings;
In the seat of power enthrone Him,
While the vault of heaven rings;
Crown Him, crown Him,
Crown Him, crown Him,
Crown the Savior King of kings,
Crown the Savior King of kings.

Sinners in derision scorned Him,
Mocking thus the Savior’s claim;
Saints and angels crowd around Him,
Own His title, praise His name;
Crown Him, crown Him,
Crown Him, crown Him,
Spread abroad the Victor’s fame,
Spread abroad the Victor’s fame.

Hark, those bursts of acclamation!
Hark, those loud triumphant chords!
Jesus takes the highest station;
O what joy the sight affords!
Crown Him, crown Him,
Crown Him, crown Him,
King of kings and Lord of lords!
King of kings and Lord of lords!

~Thomas Kelly

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