Scripture Verse

The Lord shall reign for ever. Psalm 146:10

Introduction

Words: John Scott, in Sac­red Po­et­ry, ed­it­ed by Jer­e­my Bel­knap (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Apol­lo Press by Jo­seph Bel­knap, 1795).

Music: Ab­er­deen pos­si­bly by An­drew Tait, in James Chal­mers’ un­ti­tled col­lect­ion, 1749. Me­lo­dy from Ru­di­ments of Mu­sic, by Ro­bert Brem­ner, 1756 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

God reigns; events in order flow,
Man’s industry to guide;
But in a different channel go,
To humble human pride.

The swift, not always, in the race,
Shall win the crowning prize;
Not always wealth and honor grace
The labors of the wise.

Fond mortals do themselves beguile,
When on themselves they rest;
Blind is their wisdom, vain their toil,
By Thee, O Lord, unblest.

’Tis ours the furrows to prepare,
And sow the precious grain;
’Tis Thine to give the sun and air,
And to command the rain.

Evil and good before Thee stand,
Their mission to perform;
The sun shines bright at Thy command;
Thy hand directs the storm.

In all Thy ways, we humbly own
Thy providential power;
Entrusting to Thy care alone
The lot of every hour.