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Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
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All glory, laud and honour; To thee, Redeemer, King, To whom the lips of children Made sweet hosannas ring.
Thou art the King of Israel, Thou David’s royal Son, Who in the Lord’s name comest, The king and blessèd one.
The company of angels Are praising thee on high, And mortal men and all things Created make reply.
The people of the Hebrews With palms before thee went; Our praise and prayer and anthems Before thee we present.
To thee before thy Passion They sang their hymns of praise: To thee, now high exalted, Our melody we raise.
Thou didst accept their praises, Accept the prayers we bring, Who in all good delightest, Thou good and gracious King.
John Mason Neale (1818-1866)
There is a somewhat unlikely story that Theodulph composed this hymn while in prison and sang it on Palm Sunday as his persecutor the Emperor Louis was passing by. It gained his immediate release. Whatever its origin, it makes a magnificent processional hymn telling the story of Palm Sunday, with a strong chorus that is easy to sing on the move.
This is especially true with the strong tune derived from a German original—strong enough to have several moods, one of which is the sombre tone used by Bach in his St John Passion.