Monday, 18 January 2016

ALL HAIL THE POWER OF JESUS’ NAME



ALL HAIL THE POWER OF JESUS’ NAME
Edward Perronet (1726–1792)

Edward Perronet was not an easy person to get along with. After being a minister in the Anglican Church for some time, he became fed up with what he felt was the church’s “nonsense” and became a Methodist, joining up with the Wesleys (John and Charles Wesley).

As a Methodist he faced persecution on at least one occasion, “Edward Perronet was thrown down and rolled in mud and mire,” as John Wesley recorded.
Perronet soon broke with the Wesleys over the issue of who could administer the sacraments.

He joined a group called the Connexion but later broke with them as well. It was as a minister of an independent church in Canterbury that he wrote this majestic hymn.

Whether Perronet intended the implication or not, the hymn points to the time all believers in Christ—regardless of petty disagreements—will join together in a celestial chorus.

ALL HAIL THE POWER OF JESUS’ NAME
All hail the pow’r of Jesus’ name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all!


Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race,
Ye ransomed from the fall,
 Hail Him who saves you by His grace,
And crown Him Lord of all;
Hail Him who saves you by His grace,
And crown Him Lord of all!


Let ev’ry kindred, ev’ry tribe,
On this terrestrial ball,
To Him all majesty ascribe,
And crown Him Lord of all;
To Him all majesty ascribe,
And crown Him Lord of all!


O that with yonder sacred throng
We at His feet may fall!
We’ll join the everlasting song,
And crown Him Lord of all;
We’ll join the everlasting song,
And crown Him Lord of all!

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