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The Hymns and Hymn Writers of The Church
Charles S. Nutter & Wilbur F. Tillett, 1911

A true and valuable hymn. A part of it was published in London as early as 1757. In Psalms and Hymns, 1760, published by Rev. Martin Madan, it appeared in four stanzas much as it is found here.

Tradition assigns the authorship to John Bakewell (1721-1819). He was one of John Wesley’s lay preachers. He may have rewritten it for Madan’s collection.

This hymn is worshipful and at the same time is strongly doctrinal. The humiliation and suffering of the Savior are plainly brought out on the one hand and his glorification and worship on the other. The atonement and intercession of Christ are plainly taught. It has been widely used, and has strengthened the faith and inspired the worship of unnumbered disciples.

#HymnalTitleAuthorTuneComposerVerses
203Church Hymnal (Ireland), 1891Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus!Rev. John Bakewell, 1757St. Andrew’sSir Joseph Barnby, 18694
423Church Hymns, 1903Hail, Thou Once Despised JesusRev. John Bakewell (1721-1819), Rev. Martin Madan (1726-1790)All Trinità BeataLaudi Spirituali3
120Church Praise, 1907Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus!Rev. John Bakewell (1721-1819), alteredSt. HildaSir Joseph Barnby (1838-1896)4
060Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church, 1918Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus!Rev. John Bakewell, 1757, Madan’s Collection, 1760, Rev. Augustus Montague Toplady, 1776SupplicationWilliam H. Monk (1823-1889)4
173Congregational Church Hymnal, 1887Hail, Thou Once Despised JesusRev. John Bakewell (1721-1819)Lux EoiSir Arthur S. Sullivan (1842-1900)4
140Congregational Hymnary, 1916Hail, Thou Once Despised JesusRev. John Bakewell (1721-1819)Lux EoiSir Arthur S. Sullivan (1842-1900)4
076aHymnal and Canticles of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 1874Hail, Thou Once-Despised JesusRev. John Bakewell, 1780St. HilaryGanther4
076bHymnal and Canticles of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 1874Hail, Thou Once Despised JesusRev. John Bakewell, 1780SmartHenry Smart (1813-1879)4
246Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1878Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus!Rev. John Bakewell (1721-1819)AutmnSpanish Melody. From Marechio4
365The Church Hymnal Revised and Enlarged, 1892Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus!Rev. John Bakewell, 1757, expanded by Rev. Martin Madan, 1760, altered by Rev. Augustus M. Toplady, 1776St. HildaSir Joseph Barnby (1838-1896)4
076The Church Hymnal, 1879Hail, Thou Once Despised JesusRev. John Bakewell, 1780Lux EoiSir Arthur S. Sullivan (1842-1900)4
090The Church Hymnary (Scotland), 1898Hail, Thou Once-Despised JesusRev. John Bakewell (1721-1819) and othersEvertonHenry Smart (1813-1879)4
115The Evangelical Hymnal, 1921Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus!Rev. John Bakewell, 1757AutumnLouis von Esch, 18104
131The Evangelical Hymnal, 1921Jesus, Hail, Enthroned in GloryRev. John Bakewell (1721-1819)Austrian HymnFranz Joseph Haydn, 17972
191aThe Hymnal (Episcopal), 1916Hail, Thou Once-Despised Jesus!Rev. John Bakewell, 1757, Rev. Martin Madan, 1760, Rev. Augustus M. Toplady, 1776SupplicationWilliam H. Monk (1823-1889)4
191bThe Hymnal (Episcopal), 1916Hail, Thou Once-Despised Jesus!Rev. John Bakewell, 1757, Rev. Martin Madan, 1760, Rev. Augustus M. Toplady, 1776In BabiloneAncient Dutch Melody, Harmonization by T. Tertius Noble, 19184
191cThe Hymnal (Episcopal), 1916Hail, Thou Once-Despised Jesus!Rev. John Bakewell, 1757, Rev. Martin Madan, 1760, Rev. Augustus M. Toplady, 1776In BabiloneAncient Dutch Melody, Harmonization by Rev. C. Winfred Douglas, 19184
150The Hymnal (Presbyterian), 1895Hail, Thou Once Despised JesusRev. John Bakewell, 1757, enlarged in Martin Madan’s Collection, 1760: altered by Rev. Augustus M. Toplady, 1776St. HildaSir Joseph Barnby, 18614
175The Hymnal Companion to the Book of Common Prayer, Revised and Enlarged Edition, 1877Hail, Thou Once Despised JesusRev. John Bakewell (1721-1819)St. HildaSir Joseph Barnby (1838-1896)4
196The Hymnal Companion to the Book of Common Prayer, Third Edition, 1890Hail, Thou Once Despised JesusRev. John Bakewell (1721-1819)St. HildaSir Joseph Barnby (1838-1896)4
151aThe Hymnal Revised (Presbyterian), 1911Hail, Thou Once Despised JesusRev. John Bakewell, 1757, enlarged by Rev. Martin Madan, 1760: altered by Rev. Augustus M. Toplady, 1776St. HildaSir Joseph Barnby, 18614
151bThe Hymnal Revised (Presbyterian), 1911Hail, Thou Once Despised JesusRev. John Bakewell, 1757, enlarged by Rev. Martin Madan, 1760: altered by Rev. Augustus M. Toplady, 1776NettletonRev. Asahel Nettleton, 18254
189aThe Methodist Hymn-Book, 1904Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus!Rev. John Bakewell (1721-1819) from James Allen’s A Collection of Hymns Addressed to the Holy, Holy, Holy, Triune God, 1757AustriaF. Joseph Haydn, circa 18004
189bThe Methodist Hymn-Book, 1904Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus!Rev. John Bakewell (1721-1819) from James Allen’s A Collection of Hymns Addressed to the Holy, Holy, Holy, Triune God, 1757HyfrydolRowland Hugh Prichard (1811-1887)4
171The Methodist Hymnal, 1905Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus!Rev. John Bakewell (1721-1819)AutumnLouis von Esch4
156aThe New Psalms and Hymns, 1901Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus!Rev. John Bakewell, 1757, enlarged in Rev. Martin Madan’s Collection, 1760, altered by Rev. Augustus M. Toplady, 1776HildaSir Joseph Barnby, 18614
156bThe New Psalms and Hymns, 1901Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus!Rev. John Bakewell, 1757, enlarged in Rev. Martin Madan’s Collection, 1760, altered by Rev. Augustus M. Toplady, 1776AutumnLouis von Esch, circa 18104
068aThe Presbyterian Book of Praise, 1897Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus!Rev. John Bakewell (1721-1819)St. Andrew’sSir Joseph Barnby (1838-1896)4
068bThe Presbyterian Book of Praise, 1897Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus!Rev. John Bakewell (1721-1819)St. MabynArthur Henry Brown (1830-1926)8
171The Presbyterian Hymnal, 1874Jesus, Hail! Enthroned in GloryRev. John Bakewell (1721-1819)CarthageArranged by George F. Root (1820-1895)3
172The Presbyterian Hymnal, 1874Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus!Rev. John Bakewell (1721-1819)CarthageArranged by George F. Root (1820-1895)3
076Tunes, Old and New: Adapted to The Hymnal, 1874Hail, Thou Once Despised JesusRev. John Bakewell, 1760SupplicationWilliam H. Monk (1823-1889)4

The texts from any two of the above sources (assuming two or more exist) can be selected to appear below side by side by selecting the source name from the drop-down lists:

1Hail, Thou once despisèd Jesus!
Hail, Thou Galilean King!
Thou didst suffer to release us,
Thou didst free salvation bring.
Hail, Thou agonizing Savior,
Bearer of our sin and shame;
By Thy merits we find favor;
Life is given through Thy Name.
2Paschal Lamb! By God appointed,
All our sins on Thee were laid:
By Almighty love anointed,
Thou hast full atonement made.
All Thy people are forgiven
Through the virtue of Thy blood;
Opened is the gate of heaven;
Peace is made ’twixt man and God.
3Jesus, hail! Enthroned in glory,
There forever to abide;
All the heavenly hosts adore Thee,
Seated at Thy Father’s side.
There for sinners Thou art pleading,
There Thou dost our place prepare;
Ever for us interceding,
Till in glory we appear.
4Worship, honor, power, and blessing
Thou art worthy to receive;
Loudest praises, without ceasing,
Meet it is for us to give.
Help, ye bright angelic spirits;
Bring your sweetest, noblest lays;
Help to sing our Savior’s merits,
Help to chant Emmanuel’s praise. Amen.
1Hail, Thou once despisèd Jesus,
Hail, Thou Galilean King!
Thou didst suffer to release us,
Who didst free salvation bring!
Hail, Thou universal Savior
Who hast borne our sin and shame;
By Whose merits we find favor,
Life is given through Thy Name.
2Paschal Lamb, by God appointed,
All our sins were on Thee laid;
By almighty love anointed,
Thou hast full atonement made:
Every sin may be forgiven
Through the virtue of Thy Blood;
Opened is the gate of heaven;
Peace is made ’twixt man and God.
3Jesus, hail! Enthroned in glory,
There forever to abide,
All the heavenly Hosts adore Thee,
Seated at Thy Father’s side!
There for sinners Thou art pleading,
There Thou dost our place prepare,
Ever for us interceding,
Till in glory we appear.
BookReferenceBible Text
Exodus12:3Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:
Exodus12:27That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD's passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped.
Leviticus16:21And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:
2 Samuel14:14For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.
Job9:33Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.
Psalm110:1The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
Psalm116:9I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.
Psalm148:2Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.
Isaiah9:7Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Isaiah32:1,21 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment. 2 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
Isaiah53:3He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Isaiah53:6,76 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
Isaiah53:10-1210 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Matthew27:29And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
Matthew27:37And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Mark15:2-62 And Pilate asked him, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering said unto them, Thou sayest it. 3 And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing. 4 And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? behold how many things they witness against thee. 5 But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marvelled. 6 Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired.
Mark15:25And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.
Luke23:6When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean.
Luke23:38And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
John1:29The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
John14:1-61 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John18:33-3733 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews? 34 Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me? 35 Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done? 36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. 37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
John19:19And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Acts8:32The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
Romans5:1Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Romans5:10For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Romans8:34Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
1 Corinthians5:7Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
2 Corinthians5:21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Galatians6:14But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
Ephesians1:7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Philippians2:9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Colossians1:14In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Colossians1:20And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
1 Timothy2:5For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Hebrews1:3Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Hebrews4:14-1614 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews6:20Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Hebrews7:25Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
Hebrews10:20By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
1 Peter1:21Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
1 Peter3:22Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
Revelation4:2And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
Revelation4:8-118 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. 9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, 10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Revelation5:6-106 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. 8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
Revelation5:8-128 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. 11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
Revelation5:8-148 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. 11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. 13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. 14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
Revelation5:9-139 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. 11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. 13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
Revelation5:12Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
Revelation5:13And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
Revelation19:12,1612 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.