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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