Scripture Verse

The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Yea, all kings shall fall down before Him: all nations shall serve Him. Psalm 72:10–11


Words: James Mer­rick (1720–1769).

Music: Ham­burg Lo­well Ma­son, 1824. First ap­peared in The Bos­ton Han­del and Hay­dn So­ci­e­ty Col­lec­tion of Church Mu­sic, third ed­i­tion, 1825 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Mer­rick (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lowell Mason


Before Messiah’s presence meet
The chiefs, at whose imperial feet
Arabia’s far-divided shores
Prolific spread the richest stores.

See kings from Tarshish and each isle,
Their presents bring with willing toil;
Each prince to Him shall homage pay,
Each nation own His equal sway.

He, when the helpless poor shall cry,
Shall hear propitious from on high,
Health to their fainting souls convey,
And challenge from the grave its prey.

Nor fraud, nor rapine’s iron hand
Shall dare to touch the pious band;
For sacred is their blood, and high
Its price in His paternal eye.

Long shall He live, and Sheba’s gold
In tributary heaps behold
Displayed, while crowds shall suppliant bow,
And thankful pay their daily vow.