Caroline Maria Noel (1817-77) is the composer of this popular hymn, 'At the Name of Jesus'. It was originally designated as a processional for Ascension Day and appeared in Mrs. Noel's The Name of Jesus and Other Poems of 1870.
This hymn is based on Philippians 2,9. Here is Philippians 2:8-10, 'He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow.'
The author was the daughter of an Anglican clergyman. She spent the last 25 years of her life bedridden by a painful and crippling illness and much of her time was spent composing hymns for fellow sufferers.
Before this illness, Caroline Maria Noel had tried her hand at composing poems but gave it up. This however changed when she became an invalid as she took advantage of her situation to compose a lot of poems and hymns.
|At the Name of Jesus hymn|
Below are the lyrics of 'At the Name of Jesus' hymn.
1) At the Name of Jesus, every knee shall bow,
Every tongue confess Him King of glory now;
'Tis the Father's pleasure we should call Him Lord,
Who from the beginning was the mighty Word.
2) Mighty and mysterious in the highest height,
God from everlasting, very light of light:
In the Father's bosom with the spirit blest,
Love, in love eternal, rest, in perfect rest.
3) At His voice creation sprang at once to sight,
All the angel faces, all the hosts of light,
Thrones and dominations, stars upon their way,
All the heavenly orders, in their great array.
4) Humbled for a season, to receive a name
From the lips of sinners unto whom He came,
Faithfully He bore it, spotless to the last,
Brought it back victorious when from death He passed.
5) Bore it up triumphant with its human light,
Through all ranks of creatures, to the central height,
To the throne of Godhead, to the Father's breast;
Filled it with the glory of that perfect rest.
6) Name Him, brothers, name Him, with love strong as death
But with awe and wonder, and with bated breath!
He is God the Savior, He is Christ the Lord,
Ever to be worshipped, trusted and adored.
Below is a video of this song.