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Jesus shall reign… Oh, I grew up singing this song, I think it’s a rare verse that I wouldn’t know. In fact the familiar four you find in most hymnbooks I know well, but I discovered today there are four less common verses that were part of the original song.
Lyrics to Jesus Shall Reign
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,
And Europe her best tribute brings;
From north to south the princes meet,
To pay their homage at His feet.
There Persia, glorious to behold,
There India shines in eastern gold;
And barbarous nations at His word
Submit, and bow, and own their Lord.
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.
People and realms of every tongue
Dwell on His love with sweetest song;
And infant voices shall proclaim
Their early blessings on His name.
Blessings abound where’er He reigns;
The prisoner leaps to lose his chains;
The weary find eternal rest,
And all the sons of want are blest.
Where He displays His healing power,
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;
Angels descend with songs again,
And earth repeat the loud amen.
In this version The Getty’s add another song to this older hymn. I wasn’t sure what I thought, but since I talked about new songs of worship last week it’s good to give a chance to the new. 🙂
Isaac Watts, song writer, poet, clergyman. He was an important man in his day. His institution of congregational singing is still widely in use today. It shows an important use of poetry in worship. If you want to see a sample of his childhood poetry you can find it at the poetry foundation.
Other Isaac Watts Songs
- I sing the mighty power of God.
- From all that dwell below the skies.
- Joy to the world.
- when I survey the wondrous cross.
- Am I a soldier of the cross?
For a more traditional version of Jesus shall reign, watch below
What Can We Learn?
Jesus shall reign walks us through the entirety of Jesus’ kingdom.
- from shore to shore
- where’r the sun sets
- til moon’s wax and wane
- every person, tribe, nation
- endless prayers are given
- praises from everyone
- prisoners, weary, sufferers
- north and south
- Islands and continents
- east and west
The whole gambit of the world is covered. Praise and prayers are given to Jesus the King. Kings, peoples, nations, and tribes are all humbled before him. Even the creatures of the earth acknowledge the wonder of God.