265. Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun

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1 Jesus shall reign where'er the sun
does its successive journeys run;
his kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
till moons shall wax and wane no more.

2 To him shall endless prayer be made,
and praises throng to crown his head;
his name, like sweet perfume, shall rise
with every morning sacrifice.

3 People and realms of every tongue
dwell on his love with sweetest song,
and infant voices shall proclaim
their early blessings on his name.

4 Blessings abound where'er he reigns:
the prisoners leap to loose their chains;
the weary find eternal rest,
and all who suffer want are blest.

5 Let every creature rise and bring
honors peculiar to our King;
angels descend with songs again,
and earth repeat the loud Amen!

Text Information
First Line: Jesus shall reign where'er the sun
Title: Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun
Author: Isaac Watts (1719, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: LM
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Jesus Christ: Ascension and Reign; Kingdom Of God; The Life of the Nations (3 more...)
Tune Information
Composer (attributed to): John Hatton (1793 c.)
Meter: LM
Key: D Major

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This hymn is a classic example of how Isaac Watts Christianized the Psalms, in this case Psalm 72:5–19, by turning their messianic language to New Testament equivalents. The tune was at first nameless and anonymous, but is now called by the address of the supposed composer.

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