The Lord, th'Almighty monarch, spake (Joseph Haydn)

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Title: The Lord, th'Almighty monarch, spake
Composer: Joseph Haydn
Lyricist: James Merrick, on Psalm 50

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicings: STB or SAB
Genre: SacredHymn

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1794 in Improved Psalmody, p. 211

Description: One of six metrical psalm settings contributed by Haydn to Revd William Tattersall's Improved Psalmody, London: (1794)

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Original text and translations

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1. The Lord th'Almighty Monarch spake,
And bade the earth the summons take,
Far as his eyes the realms survey,
Of rising and declining day.

2. Revealed from Sion's sacred bound,
The seat with matchless beauty crowned,
Our God his course shall downward bend,
Nor silent to his work descend.

3. Heav'n from above shall hear his call,
And thou the vast terrestrial ball,
While man's whole race their Judge shall meet,
In countless throngs be fore his feet.

4. Th'applauding heav'ns the changeless doom,
While God the balance shall assume,
In full memorial shall record,
And own the justice of the Lord.