O Jesus, crowned with all renown

O Jesus, crowned with all renown. Edward White Benson* (1829-1896). This hymn for Rogation Day was first published in Heroum Filii: Hymn-Book for the use of Wellington College (1860), with the first line as 'O Thron’d, O Crown’d with all renown’. The hymn is normally dated 1860, though it may have been written earlier, when Benson was teaching at Rugby (he became Headmaster of Wellington in 1858, and the Hymn-Book, with its inspiring title, ‘sons of heroes’, was one of his first ventures). It had six 8-line stanzas. JJ noted that a version by Benjamin Hall Kennedy* beginning ‘O Jesu, crowned with all renown’ was printed in his Hymnologia Christiana (1863), but ‘it has failed to supplant...

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