1 Reigns great Jehovah; let the people fear;
Bright cherubs guard his throne; thou earth, revere:
2 Nor yet to Sion is his pow'r confin'd;
Worlds feel the influence of almighty mind.
3 His great tremendous name they therefore praise,
4 The God with mercy and with truth, who sways;
Whose mercy strikes with love, whose pow'r with awe,
Who gives his favour'd tribes his perfect law:
5 Let all his dread omnipotence extol,
And 'fore his footstool reverently fall.
6 When Moses and the holy Aaron pray'd,
When faithful Samuel, he lent his aid,
His wond'rous goodness to them, gracious, shew'd,
And pointed to immortal bliss the road:
7 From out the cloudy pillar spoke benign,
(O blest result of clemency divine!)
'Cause, faithful, they his sov'reign will obey'd,
Nor from the sacred law he gave them, stray'd.
8 Yes; thou, benignant father, deign'dfst to hear,
And, to the obdurate sinner tho' severe,
Indulgent still thine answers didst thou give,
And bad'st the faithful in thy light to live.
9 For this, ye righteous souls, with joint accord,
Shout forth the praises of your mighty Lord,
And, 'cause his glory there delights to dwell,
Fall prostrate 'fore him on his holy hill.