Saturday, July 12, 2008


Who says praise songs are new and contemporary? The hymnwriters of long ago certainly knew how to praise the Lord!

This song is sometimes referred to as the "National Anthem of Christendom." It was written in 1779 by an English minister. The story behind its writing, however, is not nearly as significant as the history of the hymn itself.

E. P. Scott, a missionary to India, saw an unusual-looking tribesman on the street, and he asked where the man came from. He was told that the man was from a mountain tribe and came only once a year to the major city to trade. Scott also discovered that the gospel had never been taken to that tribe.

After praying about it, he packed up his bags and violin and started in the direction of the mountain village. When Scott told senior missionaries where he was going, they told him, “We will never see you again. It is madness for you to go.” But he went anyway.

He traveled for two days and finally found himself in the mountains. Suddenly he was surrounded by spear-carrying tribesmen, and every spear was pointed at him.

Not knowing what else to do, Scott got out his violin and sang and played “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name,” including the verse, “Let every kindred, ev’ry tribe, / On this terrestrial ball, / To Him all majesty ascribe, / And crown Him Lord of all.”

The spears had now dropped from the men’s hands, and he could see tears in their eyes. He spent the next two-and-a-half years telling them about Jesus and his love for them. When Scott had to leave them because of his health, the tribespeople escorted him forty miles to where he could get other transportation.

SOURCE: The Complete Book of Hymns: Inspiring Stories About 600 Hymns and Praise Songs, William J. Peterson & Ardythe Peterson, Tyndale, 2006


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!

WORDS: Edward Perronet, 1779
MUSIC: Oliver Holden, 1792

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Amy Wyatt said...

Amen and Amen! What a great version of this song! Loved it.

Earthmommy said...

WOW thanks for the education! I love this version of that too...adding it to my faves!

Cheryl said...


I love it that you always give us info about your song!

Thanks for sharing!

Peggy said...

Amen Linda...Great Choice in AVALON singing this mighty hymn!

It's time TO HAIL the POWER of that NAME! Your info and special words of wisdom are always treasured by me and many who come here. We learn so much of songs that we've sang withou realizing
their background! Bless you for always providing! Indeed hymnwriters of the past sure did know how to praise Our Lord!

Blessings on you as you bless us!

LAURIE said...

Thank you for sharing your worshipful heart with us. Wow what great words! -blessings, Laurie

Liza's Eyeview said...

I love, love this!!! Thank you for sharing the song and the background of the song.

Sam said...

Wow - I have just joined Then Sings My Soul for the first time and am just wandering through the other submissions.....and....some songs are just so very powerful aren't they!

I now intend to go and see if I can buy some Avalon CDs!!

lana said...

Avalon... always one of my most favorites. I have not heard this version of this song...LOVE IT

Susan said...

Wow, this is sooooooooooooooo neat!!!

I had no idea this was a hymn first, and i just lOVE the history behind it.

Thanks Linda♥

Becoming Me said...

I love this hymn and this version is so powerful. THank you for sharing all the history as well.

boutcrazy said...

Love this song...even when we sing it in church. I may suggest it for tomorrow (since I do the bulletins and my dad is the song leader). Thanks for sharing the story behind the song. Have you read Robert J Morgan's "Then Sings My Soul" book? I gave it to my dad so he would have the stories with the songs.

Lisa writes... said...

My usual comment on your TSMS posts: "One of my all time favorites!" And it is. Thanks for sharing.

mel said...

wonderful wonderful choice!!
can it get any better than the body of Christ singing praise to the Eternal God for all of eternity?? let's get started now!!

i enjoy your blog.

mel in ga.

Melissa Lea said...

This is one of my favorite hymns! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

A Stone Gatherer said...

Singing along with you and them! I love the old song and had never heard the story of this young missionary! Praise God for how he uses music to bring people close to him! Thanks for sharing Linda!

Jai said...

Love this version and the harmony!Good choice!

Mel's World said...


I LOVE it when you add the story behind it, it brings so much richness to it.

I love this version of the song...GREAT!!!! Makes you want to jump up and celebrate with them, doesn't it?

Be Blessed,

Natalie said...

Your posts are so thoughtfully written. Thank you for taking the time to share and educate. :)

Laurie Ann said...

Love the song and the lesson to go with it. God bless you for sharing your heart with us.

Lisa Ann said...

What a great post and song. I have sung this in church since I was a child. I have never heard it sung like this before.

Christina said...

Awesome. Great story to to go with the video.