This is my 36th entry in the Lenten Hymn-of-the-Day project. Actually, it is intended as being for the morning of Palm Sunday.
The words today were written by Henry Hart Milman (1791-1868) in 1820. Milman was educated at Greenwich and Eton, England. He then attended B. N. C. at Oxford, where he took a first class in classics, and won the Newdigate, Latin Verse, Latin Essay, and English Essay prizes. He became canon at Westminster and rector at St. Margaret’s, and, in 1849, dean of St. Paul’s. Thirteen of his hymns were published in Heber’s (posthumous) Hymns (1827), and in Milman’s own Selection of Psalms and Hymns (1837).
The music, "The King's Majesty" was composed by Graham Elias George (11 April 1912 – 9 December 1993) was a Canadian composer, music theorist, organist, choir conductor, and music educator of English birth. At first he employed traditional tertial harmony, but the influence of Hindemith led him to introduce quartal-quintal harmony as integral to his style.
Born in Norwich, he moved to Canada in 1928 at the age of 16. He studied the organ and music composition with Alfred Whitehead. He earned the Associateship (1934) and Fellowship (1936) of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, the Associateship (1935) of the Royal College of Organists. He was open to contemporary techniques and was a student of Paul Hindemith.
In 1953, George established the Kingston Choral Society and in 1954 he founded the Kingston Symphony. He was active as an organist/choirmaster in Kingston and Gananoque from 1946 to 1975. The Royal Canadian College of Organists elected him its president(1972–1974).
This tune was VERY popular, but it's quite rare now.