Scripture Verse

[They] took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet Him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. John 12:13


Gerard Moultrie

Words: Ger­ard Moul­trie, Hymns and Lyr­ics 1867.

Music: Come Faith­ful People Clar­ence Bick­nell (1842–1918) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

Clarence Bicknell


Come, faithful people, come away,
Your homage to your monarch pay;
It is the feast of palms today;
Hosanna in the highest!

When Christ, the Lord of all, drew nigh
On Sunday morn to Bethany,
He called two loved ones standing by:
Hosanna in the highest!

To yonder village go, said He,
An ass and foal tied shall ye see,
Loose them and bring them unto Me
Hosanna in the highest!

If any man dispute your word,
Say, They are needed by the Lord,
And he permission will accord
Hosanna in the highest!

The two upon their errand sped,
And found the ass as He had said,
And on the colt their clothes they spread:
Hosanna in the highest!

They set Him upon His throne so rude;
Before Him went the multitude,
And in their way their garments strewed:
Hosanna in the highest!

Go, Savior, thus to triumph borne,
Thy crown shall be the wreath of thorn,
Thy royal garb the robe of scorn:
Hosanna in the highest!

They thronged before, behind, around,
They cast palm branches on the ground,
And still rose up the joyful sound:
Hosanna in the highest!

Blessèd is Israel’s king, they cry;
Blessèd is He that cometh nigh
In name of God the Lord most high
Hosanna in the highest!

Thus, Savior, to Thy passion go,
Arrayed in royalty of woe,
Assumed for sinners here below:
Hosanna in the highest!