Sweetness Sits Enthroned
Samuel Stennet, a Baptist minister, greatly honored by British
statesmen, and was able to means of this influence to moderate the
intolerance with which Baptists were regarded in those days.
King George III was among his friends.
Besides several volumes of sermons, Dr. Stennet wrote
thirty-eight hymns. Most of
these were contributed to Rippon’s famous collection, which was
published in 1787.
His greatest hymn, however, is the following, which was first
published in 1787, as a hymn of nine stanzas (now condensed to six),
with the title “Chief among Ten Thousand; or, the Excellencies of
Christ,” and with the Scripture reference: Solomon’s Song 5:10-16:
—Adapted from Amos R. Wells
Majestic sweetness sits enthroned
the Savior’s brow;
head with radiant glories crowned,
lips with grace o’erflow.
No mortal can with Him compare
the sons of men;
is He than all the fair
fill the heav’nly train.
He saw me plunged in deep distress,
flew to my relief;
me He bore the shameful cross,
carried all my grief.
To Him I owe my life and breath,
all the joys I have;
makes me triumph over death,
saves me from the grave.
Since from Thy bounty I receive
proofs of love divine,
I a thousand hearts to give,
they should all be Thine.
Paul, Steve Green’s MIDI Hymnal, (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos
Research Systems, Inc.) 1998.