Scripture Verse

The Messiah, the Prince. Daniel 9:25


Words: Ben­ja­min Rhodes, in his po­em Mes­si­ah, 1787.

Music: Cru­sa­der’s Hymn Schles­ische Volks­lied­er (Si­le­si­an Folk Songs), 1842 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Rhodes (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Jerusalem di­vine,
When shall I call thee mine?
And to thy ho­ly hill at­tain,
Where wea­ry pil­grims rest,
And in thy glo­ries blest,
With God Mes­si­ah ev­er reign?

There saints and an­gels join
In fel­low­ship di­vine,
And rap­ture swells the so­lemn lay,
While all with one ac­cord,
Adore their pre­cious Lord,
And shout His praise in end­less day.

May I but find the grace
To fill a hum­ble place
In that in­he­ri­tance above;
My tune­ful voice I’ll raise
In songs of loud­est praise,
To spread Thy fame, Re­deem­ing Love!

Reign, true Mes­si­ah, reign!
Thy king­dom shall remain
When stars and sun no more shall shine;
Mysterious Dei­ty,
Who ne’er be­gan to be,
To sound Thy end­less praise be mine!