Scripture Verse

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? Psalm 2:1


Words: Will­iam W. Smith, in The In­ter­na­tion­al Les­son Hym­nal (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Da­vid C. Cook Pub­lish­ing, 1878), num­ber 23.

Music: Col­lege Park M. A. Rub­lee, 1878 (🔊 pdf nwc).


Let hea­then rage, and kings com­bine,
But Je­sus reign­eth still;
O let us break His bonds, they say,
And cast His cords from us away.
Yet shall He reign in end­less day,
His throne is Zi­on’s hill.

Our God de­clares the firm de­cree,
My Son, this day art Thou;
O ask, and I shall give to Thee
The ut­most land by ev­ery sea;
The glo­ry of the earth shall be
A crown up­on Thy brow.

Thou, Christ, shalt rule with rod of pow­er,
Thy might with awe we see;
We kiss the hand that saves from woe,
And fol­low where Thy foot­steps go;
O bless­èd are the saints be­low,
Who put their trust in Thee.