Thine Is The Glory – Lyrics, Hymn Meaning and Story


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Thine Is The Glory

“Thine is the Glory” also known as “Thine Be the Glory” is commonly sung as an Easter Christian hymn, written by the Swiss writer Edmond Budry in 1884 and set to the tune of the chorus “See, the Conqu’ring hero comes” from Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabaeus. The hymn is occasionally performed at weddings or funerals, and in Ireland is affiliated with Christmas as well as Easter. Discover the lyrics and story of “Thine Is The Glory” along with music videos below!

1 Thine is the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son;
endless is the vict’ry Thou o’er death hast won.
Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave-clothes where Thy body lay.

Thine be the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son;
endless is the vict’ry Thou o’er death hast won.

2 Lo, Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb.
Lovingly He greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let His church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
for the Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting. [Refrain]

3 No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of life!!
Life is nought without Thee; aid us in our strife;
make us more than conqu’rors, through Thy deathless love;
bring us safe through Jordan to Thy home above. [Refrain]

Edmond Budry
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The Story Behind Thine Is The Glory

In 1884, Edmond L. Budry used Handel’s melody and wrote lyrics for them, which he named “A Toi la Gloire.” It is told that he was motivated to write it following the passing of his first wife, Marie de Vayenborg in Lausanne, Switzerland. It was later printed in the French hymn book, Chants Evangéliques. The hymn was first translated from French into English by Richard B. Hoyle in 1923. He was commissioned to transcribe the hymn by the World Student Christian Federation after Budry gave permission to reprint it from the French version.

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