Christ Shall Have Dominion

Christ shall have dominion

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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]

The Psalter: with responsive readings, 1912

Text Information

First Line: Christ shall have dominion
Title: Christ Shall Have Dominion
Meter: D
Source: The Psalter,1912
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Christ shall have dominion


Scripture References: 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). Liturgical Use: 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. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook



The popularity of this hymn is partly due to ST. GERTRUDE, the marching tune that Arthur S. Sullivan (<a href="/hymn/PsH/46#tuneinfo">PHH 46</a>) composed for this text. The tune was published in the <cite>Musical Times</cite> of December 1871 in an advertisement fo…

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