Words: , 1830; first ap­peared in the Psalm­ist, A Se­lect­ion of Psalms and Hymns, by Hen­ry and John Gwy­ther (London: 1830), signed “I. King.” In 1865, John Gwy­ther in­formed D. Sedge­wick that the sig­na­ture stood for:

Joshua King, late Vi­car of Hull…Mr. Jo­shua King was Cur­ate to Mr. J. Ey­ton, of Wel­ling­ton, Shrop­shire, when Mr. Ey­ton made his col­lect­ion of hymns and wrote them for his book, but whe­ther he pub­lished them in any other form I don’t know. Mr. Ey­ton gave his Hymn Book to my bro­ther.

The church re­gisters re­vealed that King’s giv­en name was John, not Jo­shua ().

Music: Tours, , 1872.

When, His salvation bringing,
To Zion Jesus came,
The children all stood singing
Hosanna to His Name;
Nor did their zeal offend Him,
But, as He rode along,
He let them still attend Him,
And smiled to hear their song.

And since the Lord retaineth
His love for children still,
Though now as King He reigneth
On Zion’s heavenly hill,
We’ll flock around His banner
Who sits upon His throne,
And cry aloud, “Hosanna
To David’s royal Son!”

For should we fail proclaiming
Our great Redeemer’s praise,
The stones, our silence shaming,
Would their hosannas raise.
But shall we only render
The tribute of our words?
No; while our hearts are tender,
They too shall be the Lord’s.