44 2 THE METHODIST HYMN-BOOK ILLUSTRATED
Hymn 859. Ten thousand times ten thousand. HENRY ALFORD, D.D. (619).
First published in his Year of Praise, 1867. A Processional for Saints Days.
The hymn was sung at the author s funeral on January 17, 1871. On his tomb was carved the inscription, Diversorium viatoris proficientis Hierosolymam ( The inn of a pilgrim journeying to Jerusalem ).
Hymn 860. All glory,; laud, and honour.
THEODULPH ; translated by JOHN MASON NEALE, D.D. (27).
In his Hymnal Noted, 1854, and altered for Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1859. The quaint verse, usually sung till the seventeenth century, is omitted
Be Thou, O Lord, the Rider,
And we the little ass ; That to God s holy city
Together we may pass.
The original contains seventy-eight lines, many of which have references to various parishes in Angers.
Gloria, laus et honor seems to have been written by St. Theodulph of Orleans when imprisoned in the cloisters at Angers under an accusation of having taken part in the rebellion of the king s nephew. It is said that on Palm Sunday, 821, Louis the Pious, King of France, was in Angers, and walked in the usual procession of the clergy and laity. As it passed the spot where Theodulph was imprisoned, he stood at the window of his cell and sang this hymn. The king was so delighted that he ordered that Theodulph should be restored to his see and the hymn sung every Palm Sunday when the pro cession was made. The story dates from 1516, but it seems clear that Louis never visited Angers after 818, and that Theodulph was not restored to his see, but died at Angers in 821. Another version of the story says that seven choir-boys, to whom he had taught the hymn, sang it outside his prison, and thus gained his release. The hymn was used as a pro cessional on Palm Sunday. At York the choir-boys mounted