Majestic sweetness sits enthroned
Majestic sweetness sits enthroned. Samuel Stennett* (1727-1795).
Samuel Stennett was a friend of John Rippon*, and this hymn was first published in Rippon’s Selection of Hymns from the best authors (1787), attributed to ‘Dr. S. Stennett’. It was entitled ‘Chief among Ten Thousand; or, the Excellence of Christ. Cant v. 10-16’ [The Song of Solomon, 5: 10-16]. Although ‘the chiefest among ten thousand’ occurs in verse 10, the hymn itself is a remarkably free rendering of the scriptural passage.
It had nine verses, beginning:
To Christ the Lord, let every tongue: Its noblest Tribute bring:When he’s the Subject of the Song Who can refuse to sing?
Survey the Beauties of his Face, And on...
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