Majestic sweetness sits
Enthroned upon the Savior’s brow;
His head with radiant glories crowned,
His lips with grace o’er flow,
His lips with grace o’er flow.
No mortal can with Him compare,
Among the sons of men;
Fairer is He than all the fair
Who fill the heav’nly train,
Who fill the heav’nly train.
He saw me plunged in deep distress,
And flew to my relief;
For me, He bore the shame full cross,
And carried all my grief,
And carried all my grief.
To Him, I owe my life and breath,
And all the joys I have;
He makes me triumph over death,
And saves me from the grave,
And saves me from the grave.
This is one of the finest communion hymns found in evangelical hymnals. The dominant theme of this beautifully expressed text is the adoration of the person of Christ and the work He did on our behalf, based on the passage from the Song of Solomon 5:10-16. The hymn originally had nine stanzas and was entitled “The Chief Among Ten Thousand” or “The Excellencies of Christ.”
The popularity of this hymn text has been enhanced by the moving tune composed for it in 1837 by the talented American church musician, Thomas Hastings. Hastings is credited with being one of the most influential church musicians of the nineteenth century in raising the standards of sacred music in this 1,000 hymn tunes as well as more than 600 hymn texts.
Other hymns by Thomas Hastings include “From Every Stormy Wind That Blows” (No. 24), “Rock of Ages” (No. 78), and “Come, Ye Disconsolate” (101 More Hymn Stories, No. 17).