Jehovah Reigns (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-08-22)   CPDL #36561:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-08-22).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 58 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition, as written in 1800. The other three stanzas of Barbauld's hymn added below. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-08-22)   CPDL #36559:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-08-22).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 71 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). The other four stanzas of Barbauld's hymn added below.

General Information

Title: Jehovah Reigns
First Line: Jehovah reigns! Let every nation fear
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: Anna Barbauld

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 10 10. 10 10. 11 11

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1800 in Plain Psalmody, p. 18.

Description: Words by Anna Barbauld, 1772, in four stanzas.

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Original text and translations

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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.