Behold the Prince of Peace

Behold the Prince of Peace

Author: John Needham
Published in 81 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Behold, the Prince of Peace,
The chosen of the Lord,
God’s well-beloved Son, fulfils
The sure prophetic Word.

2 No royal pomp adorns
This King of righteousness:
Meekness and patience, truth and love,
Compose His princely dress.

3 Jesus, Thou light of men!
Thy doctrine life imparts.
O may we feel its quickening power
To warm and glad our hearts!

4 Cheered by Thy beams, our souls
Shall run the heavenly way.
The path which Thou hast marked and trod
Shall lead to endless day.

Source: Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #155

Author: John Needham

Needham, John, was the son of John Needham, Baptist Minister, of Hitchin, Herts, but the date of his birth is unknown. He would doubtless be educated by his father, who was a tutor and in repute as a learned man. In 1750 Needham became co-pastor with John Beddome at the Baptist meetinghouse in the Pithay, Bristol; but, two years later, Beddome having retired through age, a violent controversy arose in the Church with regard to a continuance of the plan of co-pastorship. As the result, Needham and a number of his friends removed to a Baptist meetinghouse in Callowhill Street, where a Mr. Foot was pastor. For a time the two societies used the same builing at different hours, but in 1755 they were united, with Mr. Needham and Mr. Foot as co-pa… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Behold the Prince of Peace
Author: John Needham
Copyright: Public Domain


Behold the Prince of Peace. J. Needham. [Meekness and Tenderness of Jesus.] First published in his Hymns, &c, 1768, No. 87, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines. The form, however, in which the hymn beginning with this first line is known is a cento, thus composed:—stanzas i.-iii. as above; stanzas iv., v., "Jesus! Thou light of men," &c; from Needham's "Long had the nations sat," stanzas v., vi. In this form it is found in Sir Josiah Mason's Orphanage Hymn Book, Birmingham, 1882, and others.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



The Cyber Hymnal #9510
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)


Instances (1 - 1 of 1)

The Cyber Hymnal #9510

Include 80 pre-1979 instances
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us


It looks like you are using an ad-blocker. Ad revenue helps keep us running. Please consider white-listing or subscribing to eliminate ads entirely and help support