Scripture Verse

The iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold [were] broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. Daniel 2:35

Introduction

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Charles Wesley
(1707–1788)

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Short Hymns (Bris­tol, Eng­land: E. Far­ley, 1762), Vol­ume 2, num­ber 1291.

Music: Am­ster­dam James Nar­es, in The Foun­de­ry Col­lect­ion, 1742 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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James Nares
(1715–1783)

Lyrics

Jesus, fix Thy kingdom here!
Thy kingdom is the stone,
Sent from Heav’n in man t’appear,
And stand on earth alone;
Let it now the image smite,
Break the iron and the clay,
Conquer, not by power or might,
And force the world t’obey.

By this stone to powder ground
The kingdoms all shall be:
Then their place no more is found,
When earth submits to Thee;
Let Thy kingdom now prevail,
All opposing power disperse,
To a boundless mountain swell,
And fill the universe.