1. Jehovah reigns! Let every nation hear,
And at His footstool bow with holy fear.
Jehovah reigns, unbounded and alone,
And all creation hangs beneath His throne:
He reigns alone, let no inferior nature
Usurp or share the throne of the Creator.
2. This earthly globe, the creature of a day,
Though built by God's right hand, must pass away;
And long oblivion creep over mortal things,
The fate of empires, and the pride of Kings;
Eternal night shall veil their proudest story,
And drop the curtain o'er all human glory.
3. But fixed, O God! Forever stands Thy throne,
Jehovah reigns, a universe alone;
The eternal fire that feeds each vital flame,
Collected or diffused, is still the same;
He dwells within His own unfathomed essence,
And fills all space with His unbounded presence.
4. But O! Our highest notes the theme debase;
And silence is our least injurious praise;
Cease, cease your songs: the daring flight control;
Revere Him in the stillness of your soul;
With silent duty meekly bend before Him;
And deep within your inmost heart adore Him.