This is the original text of this hymn as it appears in Matthew Bridges’ 1852 hymnal The Passion of Jesus: A Collection of Original Pieces Corresponding with the Five Sorrowful Mysteries in the Rosary of Our Blessed Lady. It is listed under the Third Sorrowful Mystery with the title “The Crown of Thorns.”:
From circlets starr’d with many a gem
And set in rich array;
I turn me to a Diadem—
Dearer than they.
Dread Crown of Thorns! which Jesus wore,
Pledge of His dying love!
When clouds arise, and tempests roar,—
Shine from above.
Let the sharp points that pierc’d His Brow,
Transpierce this faithless breast;
That thought, and will, and wish, and vow
In Christ may rest!
Oh! Wreath of agony untold
With woe on every spine,—
The hearts of weeping sinners hold,
And soften mine.
Words: Matthew Bridges, 1852.
Tune: “Wreford” Edmund S. Carter, 1874.