A purple robe, a crown of thorn

A purple robe, a crown of thorn. Timothy Dudley-Smith* (1926- ). Written at the author’s home at Sevenoaks, Kent, in October 1968, this Passiontide text was published the next year in Youth Praise 2. This was followed by several mainstream hymnals in the UK (including A&MRW) and the USA as well as two of the author’s own collections; other appearances include at least two publications in a Chinese translation. It has usually been set to David Wilson*’s composition A PURPLE ROBE, written soon after the words, ‘which takes account of the change in the metrical stresses which occur in  stanza 3, so making this a point of transition between the Via Dolorosa and Christ’s death for sinners’...

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