O Savior, Thou Who Wearest a Crown
About the Song
Words by Karen Lynn Davidson, copyright 1985 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission
Arranged by Sally DeFord
This lyric by LDS author Karen Lynn Davidson is one of the most beautiful hymn texts I know.
The melody, a lovely old folk/hymn tune called “Kingsfold,” has been used with a variety of texts both sacred and secular, and in a work for harp and orchestra by Ralph Vaughn Williams.
The text and the melody seem to have been made for each other, they fit together so perfectly.
A couple of notes: The only files available for transposition in .pc format are the piano score and the violin score, which are my own arrangement of public domain material. Hopefully that will be enough to allow you to perform it in the key you prefer.
Eventually there may be a solo score available, but the melody can be sung with the choral accompaniment and violin obbligato, since they are identical.
There is no free download of the recording with vocals for this song. I have to pay royalties on the track, and paying royalties on something for which you don’t get paid yourself is really bad for your budget. The accompaniment track is available for free download. The track with vocals may be purchased here: Apple Music Amazon
Sheet Music Downloads
- O Savior, Thou Who Wearest a Crown (SATB-Kingsfold melody) (PDF courtesy of lds.org.)
Personal Composer:Transpose/resize .pc files using the Personal Composer Demo. (Help)
Spotify, Soundcloud (inc. free downloads)
Click the to download the free track for personal use.
Recording featuring vocals by James Loynes:
Apple Music, Amazon
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O Savior, thou who wearest
A crown of piercing thorn,
The pain thou meekly bearest,
Weigh’d down by grief and scorn.
The soldiers mock and flail thee;
For drink they give thee gall;
Upon the cross they nail thee
To die, O King of all.
No creature is so lowly,
No sinner so depraved,
But feels thy presence holy
And thru thy love is saved.
Tho craven friends betray thee,
They feel thy love’s embrace;
The very foes who slay thee
Have access to thy grace.
Thy sacrifice transcended
The mortal law’s demand;
Thy mercy is extended
To ev’ry time and land.
No more can Satan harm us,
Tho long the fight may be,
Nor fear of death alarm us;
We live, O Lord, thru thee.
What praises can we offer
To thank thee, Lord most high?
In our place thou didst suffer;
In our place thou didst die,
By heaven’s plan appointed,
To ransom us, our King.
O Jesus, the anointed,
To thee our love we bring!
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