Earth, big with empires, to thy reign (Robert Broderip)
- Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2011-11-02). Score information: A4, 2 pages, 30 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: The first verse only is underlaid in the source: the other two given here are printed after the music and have been underlaid editorially.
First published: 1794 in Improved Psalmody, p. 84
Description: A setting by Robert Broderip of verses from James Merrick's metrical version of Psalm 24, from p84 of the collection Improved Psalmody (London, 1794), compiled by William Dechair Tattersall. This piece is attributed in the source to 'Mr. Rt. Broderip, of Bristol'. Hymn Tune Index tune number 6594.
Original text and translations
Earth, big with empires, to thy reign
Submits, great God, its wide domain;
Whate'er this orb's vast bounds confine,
By just possession, Lord, is thine:
That orb amid the wat'ry waste
Thy hands, best Architect, have plac'd,
And bid th'unfathomable deep
Beneath its firm foundations sleep.
Lord, who shall to thy hill ascend?
Who suppliant at thine altars bend,
There joyful find a sure abode,
And own the presence of his God?
Whose hands and heart from guilt are free,
Who ne'er to idols bow'd the knee,
Nor, studious of deceit, would try
By oaths to consecrate a lie.
On such th'Almighty from above
Shall heap the blessings of his love,
And, purg'd from sin's transmissive stain,
Admit them to his sacred fane.
Such only form the chosen choir,
Whose feet, with licens'd step, aspire
To visit Sion's blest abode;
Who seek the face of Jacob's God.