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Friday, January 9, 2015
SOME CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS TIMELESS
the great hymns published in 1780 is also a modern praise song.
ALL HAIL THE POWER is often referred to as the “National Anthem of
Christendom” and alludes to the Scripture verses Philippians 2:9-11 KJV
“Wherefore God also hath highly
and given him a name which is above every
That at the name of Jesus every
knee should bow,
of things in heaven, and things in
and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.”
a declaration of praise to the majesty and glory of God, was written by Edward
Perronet. He was the son of a pastor in the State Church of England who was
aligned with the evangelical movement that the Wesley brothers and George
Edward was also a minister in the Anglican Church until he
broke with that denomination. During the 1740’s and 1750’s he became an ardent
follower of the Wesleys. However, free thinking Perronet later separated from
the Wesleys and became and remained a pastor of an independent church in Canterbury, England until his death in 1792. While
Perronet wrote other hymns, this is probably his best known.
also known as ALL HAIL THE POWER OF JESUS NAME, has three main tunes for this hymn: my
favorite, CORONATION, often found in many American hymnals, DIADEM, found in
hymnals from Great Britain, and MILES LANE. CORONATION features a sturdier
marching feel, while DIADEM is more ornate and includes elaborate harmonies. MILES LANE has a wide range melodically.
researched this hymn, I noticed that different numbers of
stanzas appear in
various hymnals and even the wording is changed slightly. Below are the lyrics
for the hymn as I know it. Also included are two “YouTube” links to demonstrate
how different this lovely hymn can sound, both with the Coronation melody.