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   Hymns of the Christian Church.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Hymns Based on Psalms
Isaac Watts (1674–1748)
JESUS shall reign where’er the sun
Does his successive journeys run,
His kingdom stretch from shore to shore
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.
Behold the islands with their kings,        5
And Europe her best tribute brings;
From north and south the princes meet
To pay their homage at his feet.
There Persia, glorious to behold,
There India shines in eastern gold,        10
And barb’rous nations at his word
Submit and bow, and own their Lord.
For him shall endless prayer be made,
And praises throng to crown his head;
His name, like sweet perfume, shall rise        15
With every morning sacrifice.
People and realms of every tongue
Dwell on his love with sweetest song,
And infant voices shall proclaim
Their early blessings on his name.        20
Blessings abound where’er he reigns;
The prisoner leaps to loose his chains,
The weary find eternal rest,
And all the sons of want are blest.
Where he displays his healing power,        25
Death and the curse are known no more.
In him the tribes of Adam boast
More blessings than their father lost.
Let every creature rise, and bring
Peculiar honors to our King,        30
Angels descend with songs again,
And earth repeat the loud Amen!


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