Matthew Bridges, 1851
The text of this hymn is based on Revelation 19:12. “His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.” (NIV)
Bridges was a Catholic convert following the lead of John Henry Newman.
The full text of this hymn has 9 verses according to CyberHymnal. For this recording the text was taken from The Lutheran Hymnal (1941) which has 5 verses.
DIADEMATA, George J. Elvey, 1868
“Diademata” means crowns.
Hymn history by hymnologist C. Michael Hawn at Discipleship Ministries
The Lutheran Hymnal #341
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