1 Christ shall have dominion over land and sea,
earth's remotest regions shall his empire be;
they that wilds inhabit shall their worship bring,
kings shall render tribute, nations serve our King.
Christ shall have dominion over land and sea,
earth's remotest regions shall his empire be.
2 When the needy seek him, he will mercy show;
yea, the weak and helpless shall his pity know;
he will surely save them from oppression's might,
for their lives are precious in his holy sight. [Refrain]
3 Ever and forever shall his name endure;
long as suns continue it shall stand secure;
and in him forever all men shall be blest,
and all nations hail him King of kings confessed. [Refrain]
4 Unto God Almighty joyful Zion sings;
he alone is glorious, doing wondrous things.
Evermore, ye people, bless his glorious name,
his eternal glory through the earth proclaim. [Refrain]
st. 1 = Ps. 72:8-11
st. 2 = Ps. 72:12-14
st. 3 = Ps. 72:15-17
st. 4 = Ps. 72:18-19
Found in the 1912 Psalter and in every edition of the Psalter Hymnal, this mission hymn is based on Psalm 72:8-19 (for comments on Psalm 72 see PHH 72).
The paraphrase in New Testament language proclaims the worldwide rule of Christ over all peoples and kingdoms (st. 1, vv. 8-11); his saving mercy to the needy and oppressed (st. 2, vv. 12-14); and the blessings of his endless reign (st. 3, vv. 15-17). The final stanza is a doxology (originally the doxology that ended Book II of the psalms; see Psalm 72:19). This beloved royal psalm has several settings in the Psalter Hymnal (72, 359,412, and 630).
This great messianic psalm is appropriate for Advent, Epiphany, and Ascension; useful in missions services, ecumenical gatherings, and church festivals such as Worldwide Communion, All Nations Sunday, and All Saints Day or Reformation.
The popularity of this hymn is partly due to ST. GERTRUDE, the marching tune that Arthur S. Sullivan (PHH 46) composed for this text. The tune was published in the Musical Times of December 1871 in an advertisement for Joseph Barnby's (PHH 438) forthcoming Hymnary, which published both text and tune…
Display Title: Christ Shall Have DominionFirst Line: Christ shall have dominion, over land and seaTune Title: ST. GERTRUDEMeter: 220.127.116.11 refrainSource: The Psalter (Pittsburgh: The United Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1912)