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Updated 05/28/2013

 

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name


Edward Perronet

All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name” is a popular hymn sung by many Christian denominations.  The hymn is often called the
"National Anthem of Christendom. The lyrics, written by Edward Perronet while he served as a missionary in India, first appeared in the November, 1779 issue of the Gospel Magazine, which was edited by the renowned author of Rock of Ages, Augustus Toplady.
The text has been translated into almost every (if not every) language in which Christianity is known. There are two well known
tunes that are most popular with the hymn: "Coronation" and "Miles Lane"; but there are also a number of others including
"Diadem", which is most often sung as a choir number.

 

Edward Perronet (1726 - January 2, 1792) was the son of an Anglican minister, who worked closely with John and Charles Wesley for

many years in England's Eighteenth century revival.  Born in Sundridge, Kent, England, Perronet was the descendant of a French

Huguenot family which fled first to Switzerland and then to England to escape religious persecution.  At the time, persecution of

Methodists was common. John Wesley once noted in his diary that Edward himself "was thrown down and rolled in mud and
mire" at Bolton.  Though considered a capable preacher, Perronet was uneasy about doing so in front of John Wesley, despite
Wesley's persistent urging.


After wearying of his requests, Wesley simply announced one day that Brother Perronet would speak. Edward cleverly managed to escape Wesley's sly intention
by mounting the pulpit, declaring he would deliver the greatest sermon ever preached, and proceeding to read Christ's "Sermon on the Mount"; after which, he
immediately sat down.  During his life, Edward published three volumes of Christian poems, including a poetic rendering of the Scriptures. Shortly before he died,
January 2, l792 in Canterbury, Kent, Eng­land, he uttered these last words: "Glory to God in the height of His divinity! Glory to God in the depth of his humanity!
Glory to God in His all sufficiency! Into His hands I commend my spirit."  His body is buried in the Canterbury Cathedral, Kent, England.
 


Lyrics by Edward Perronet

 

All hail the power 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.

 
Sinners, whose love can ne'er forget
the wormwood and the gall,
go spread your trophies at His feet,
and crown Him Lord of all.
Go spread your trophies at His feet,
and crown Him Lord of all.

Let every kindred, every 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.

 

Crown Him, ye martyrs of your God,
who from His altar call;
extol the Stem of Jesse's Rod,
and crown Him Lord of all.
Extol the Stem of Jesse's Rod,
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.