Scripture Verse

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against His Anointed. Psalm 2:1–2


William Goode (1762–1816)

Words: Will­iam Goode, 1811.

Music: Ar­thur’s Seat John Goss, in Hymns and Songs of Praise (New York: 1874) (🔊 pdf nwc).

John Goss (1800–1880)
National Portrait Gallery



Though sinners boldly join,
Against the Lord to rise,
Against His Christ combine,
Th’Anointed to despise;
Though earth disdain
And hell engage,
Vain is their rage,
Their counsel vain.

Jesus the Sav­ior reigns!
On Sion is His throne;
The Lord’s decree sustains
His own begotten Son:
Up from the grave
He bids Him rise
And mount the skies,
With power to save.

Oh serve the Lord with fear,
And reverence His command;
With sacred joy draw near,
With solemn trembling stand;
Kneel at His throne,
Your homage bear,
His power declare,
And kiss the Son.