15817. Sovereign of Heav'n And Earth, Behold

1 Sovereign of Heav’n and earth, behold
The nation at Thy feet;
There rich and poor, and young and old,
In lowly posture meet.

2 Thither would we with grateful frame,
Our thankful tribute bring,
And celebrate the glorious name
Of our exalted king.

3 He breaks the bow and cruel sword,
And makes the wars to cease;
Come, let us magnify the Lord,
Who gives the nation peace.

4 The warlike trump no more we hear,
Inviting to the field;
No more do hostile armies wear
The helmet and the shield.

5 The thundering cannon cease to roar,
Nor spread destruction round;
The murderous engines now no more
Tear up the fertile ground.

6 See commerce raise her fainting head,
And trade revive again;
Our numerous fleets the seas o’erspread,
And fearless plow the main.

7 Before the Majesty of Heav’n,
Our mercies past we own;
The work of peace alone was Thine:
Let praise surround the throne.

Text Information
First Line: Sovereign of Heav’n and earth, behold
Title: Sovereign of Heav'n And Earth, Behold
Author: Benjamin Beddome, 1717-1795
Meter: CM
Language: English
Source: Hymns Adapted to Public Worship (London: Burton & Briggs, 1818)
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tunes: COPENGAGEN by Peter C. Lutkin, CORNELL by John H. Cornell, DALEHURST by Arthur Cottman
Tune Information
Composer: Jessie Seymour Irvine (1872)
Meter: CM
Key: F Major or modal
Copyright: Public Domain

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