All Glory, Laud and Honour

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All Glory, Laud and Honour
All Glory, Laud, and Honor.jpg
TextJohn Mason Neale
Based onMatthew 21:1-11
Meter7.6.7.6 with refrain
Melody"St. Theodulph" by Melchior Teschner

"All Glory, Laud and Honour", is an English translation by the Anglican clergyman John Mason Neale of the Latin hymn "Gloria, laus et honor", which was written by Theodulf of Orléans in 820.[1] It is a Palm Sunday hymn, based on Matthew 21:1–11 and the occasion of Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem.[2]


Neale's hymn appears as Number 86 in Hymns Ancient & Modern in a version with six stanzas, using the first four lines as the chorus of each stanza:

All glory, laud, and honour
  To Thee, Redeemer, King!
To Whom the lips of children
  Made sweet Hosannas ring,
          All glory, &c.

Thou art the King of Israel
  Thou David's Royal Son,
Who in the LORD'S name comest,
  The King and Blessèd One.
          All glory, &c.

The company of Angels
  Is praising Thee on high,
And mortal men, and all things
  Created make reply.
          All glory, &c.

The people of the Hebrews
  With palms before Thee went
Our praise and prayers and anthems
  Before Thee we present.
          All glory, &c.

To Thee before Thy Passion
  They sang their hymns of praise;
To Thee now high exalted
  Our melody we raise.
          All glory, &c.

Thou didst accept their praises;
  Accept the praise we bring,
Who in all good delightest,
  Thou good and gracious King.
          All glory, &c.

The first four lines constitute the refrain, which is repeated between each stanza.


The commonly used tune of the hymn, titled "St. Theodulf" or originally "Valet will ich dir geben", was composed in 1603 by Melchior Teschner. A common harmonisation which appears in hymnals is by William Henry Monk in 1861.[4]

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        bes,4 | f'4 f g a | bes2 bes4 d | c4 bes bes a | bes2.  \bar"" \break
        bes4 | d4 d c bes | a4 g f a | bes4 a g g | f2. \bar"" \break
        f4 | d4 f g f | f4 es d f | es4 d c c | bes2. \bar"|."
%\new Lyrics \lyricmode {
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\midi { \tempo 4 = 90 }


Theodulf became the Bishop of Orléans under Charlemagne. When Charlemagne died and Louis the Pious became the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Theodulf was removed from the bishopric and placed under house arrest at a monastery in Angers during the power struggle following Louis' ascension, mostly due to his opposition to icons and Louis' suspicion that Theodulf supported an Italian rival to the throne.[5] During his arrest, Theodulf wrote "Gloria, laus et honor" for Palm Sunday. Although likely apocryphal, a 16th-century story asserted that Louis heard Theodulf sing "Gloria, laus et honor" one Palm Sunday, and was so inspired that he released Theodulf and ordered that the hymn be sung thereafter on every Palm Sunday.[6][3]

A translation into Middle English was effected by William Herebert: "Wele, herying and worshipe be to Christ that dere ous boughte,/ To wham gradden 'Osanna' children clene of thoughte."

In 1851, John Mason Neale translated the hymn from Latin into English to be published in his Medieval Hymns and Sequences. Neale revised his translation in 1854 and revised it further in 1861 when it was published in the first edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern.[2]

The hymn was originally made of thirty-nine verses however only the first twelve lines were sung since a ninth-century published manuscript attributed to St. Gall until Neale's translation.[2] The original Latin words are used by Roman Catholics alongside the English translation.[7]

In popular culture[edit]

In 1967, the hymn was covered by British singer Sir Cliff Richard on his Good News album.[8]


  1. ^ ""All Glory, Laud, and Honor"". Lutheran hymnal. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  2. ^ a b c "All Glory, Laud and Honor". Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  3. ^ a b "Psalter Hymnal (Gray) 375. All Glory, Laud, and Honor". Hymnary. Retrieved 2014-04-07.
  4. ^ "ST. THEODULPH (Teschner)". Retrieved 2014-04-12.
  5. ^ "In context: All Glory, Laud and Honor". Christian History Institute. Retrieved 2014-04-07.
  6. ^ Petersen, Randy (2014). Be Still, My Soul: The Inspiring Stories behind 175 of the Most-Loved Hymns. Tyndale House Publishers. p. 13. ISBN 141438842X.
  7. ^ "Hymn: Gloria Laus et Honor (All Glory, Laud and Honor)". Catholic Culture. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  8. ^ "Cliff Richard: Good News – Overview". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-04-07.

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