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The head that once was crowned with thorns

The head that once was crowned with thorns. Thomas Kelly* (1769-1855). First published in the Fifth Edition of Kelly’s Hymns on Various Passages of Scripture (Dublin, 1820). It is based on Hebrews 2:10. It is particularly associated with Ascension-tide. It is probable that Kelly took his first line, and the inspiration for his theme, from a poem by John Bunyan*, ‘One Thing is Needful, or Serious Meditations upon the Four Last Things, Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell’. This poem began: The head that once was crowned with thorns Shall now with glory shine; That heart that broken was with scorns Shall flow with life divine. The hymn was included in the Appendix (1868) to the...

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