The Worship Quote of the Week for (03/19/2002):

"No Tramp of Soldiers' Marching Feet"
Those of you who have been reading the WORSHIP QUOTE for any length of time
know that I am a friend and fan of British hymnwriter, Bishop Timothy
Dudley-Smith. Todayís quote is a hymn text that points to the "kingly" irony
of Palm Sunday. What kind of king is this Jesus?


No tramp of soldiersí marching feet
with banners and with drums,
no sound of musicís martial beató
"The King of glory comes!"
To greet what pomp of kingly pride
no bells in triumph ring,
no city gates swing open wide:
"Behold, behold your King!"

And yet he comes. The children cheer;
with palms his path is strown.
With every step the cross draws nearó
the King of gloryís throne.
Astride a colt he passes by
as loud hosannas ring,
or else the very stones would cry
"Behold, behold your King!"

What fading flowers his road adorn;
the palms, how soon laid down!
No bloom or leaf but only thorn
the King of gloryís crown.
The soldiers mock, the rabble cries,
the streets with tumult ring,
as Pilate to the mob replies,
"Behold, behold your King!"

Now he who bore for mortalsí sake
the cross and all its pains
and chose a servantís form to take,
the King of glory reigns.
Hosanna to the Saviourís Name
till heavenís rafters ring,
and all the ransomed host proclaim
"Behold, behold your King!"

óTimothy Dudley-Smith, from LIFT EVERY HEART: COLLECTED HYMNS 1961-1983 AND
SOME EARLY POEMS, © 1984 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

For permission to copy or use this hymn, please contact:
Hope Publishing Company, 380 S. Main Place, Carol Stream, IL 60188 1-800-323-1049, Fax: (630) 665-3200

[My yearly discomfort with Palm Sunday lies in the realization that I, too,
would have gladly waved my palm branches and shouted my "HOSANNAS" to the
"King of glory"; but, most likely, I would have been in the crowd that traded
those cheers for jeers of "Crucify him!" ó or even "I never knew the man."
This is sobering, Yes?; and it makes Godís amazing grace even that more
amazing. Another of my absolute favorite texts on the life of Jesus deals
with this same fickle crowd. Take a look at "My Song Is Love Unknown"

Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky