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GREAT God, whose universal sway

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      L.M. Psalm lxxii.
      1 GREAT God, whose universal sway
      The known and unknown worlds obey,
      Now give the kingdom to thy Son,
      Extend his power, exalt his throne.

      2 The sceptre well becomes his hands;
      All heaven submits to his commands;
      His justice shall avenge the poor,
      And pride and rage prevail no more.

      3 With power he vindicates the just,
      And treads the oppressor in the dust:
      His worship and his fear shall last
      Till the full course of time be past.

      4 As rain on meadows newly mown,
      So shall he send his influence down:
      His grace on fainting souls distils,
      Like heavenly dew on thirsty hills.

      5 The heathen lands, that lie beneath
      The shades of overspreading death,
      Revive at his first dawning light;
      And deserts blossom at the sight.

      6 The saints shall flourish in his days,
      Decked in the robes of joy and praise;
      Peace, like a river, from his throne
      Shall flow to nations yet unknown. ==L.M. SECOND PART

      7 JESUS shall reign where'er the Sun
      Doth his successive journeys run;
      His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
      Till suns shall rise and set no more.

      8 For him shall endless prayer be made,
      And praises throng to crown his head;
      His name like sweet perfume shall rise
      With every morning sacrifice.

      9 People and realms of every tongue
      Dwell on his love with sweetest song;
      And infant voices shall proclaim
      Their young Hosannas to his name.

      10 Blessings abound where'er he reigns;
      The prisoner leaps to lose his chains;
      The weary find eternal rest;
      And all the sons of want are blest.

      11 Where he displays his healing power,
      Death and the curse are known no more:
      In him the tribes of Adam boast
      More blessings than their father lost.

      12 Let every creature rise, and bring
      Its grateful honours to our King;
      Angels descend with songs again,
      And earth prolong the joyful strain.

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