Almighty Ruler of the skies,
Through the wide earth thy name is spread;
And thine eternal glories rise
O'er all the heav'ns thy hands have made.
To thee the voices of the young
A monument of honor raise;
And babes, with uninstructed tongue,
Declare the wonders of thy praise.
Thy power assists their tender age
To bring proud rebels to the ground,
To still the bold blasphemer's rage,
And all their policies confound.
Children amidst thy temple throng
To see their great Redeemer's face;
The Son of David is their song,
And young hosannas fill the place.
The frowning scribes and angry priests
In vain their impious cavils bring;
Revenge sits silent in their breasts,
While Jewish babes proclaim their King.
|First Line:||Almighty Ruler of the skies|
|Title:||The Hosanna of the Children; or, Infants praising God|
Almighty Ruler of the skies. I. Watts. [Ps. viii.] His L. M. paraphrase of v. 1, 2, of Ps. viii., first published in his Psalms of David, 1719, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "The Hosanna of the Children; or, Infants praising God." His explanation of the opening stanzas is given in a note thus:—"These two first verses are here paraphrased and explained by the history of the Children crying Hosanna to Christ, Matt. xxi. 15,16, where our Saviour cites and applies those words of the Psalmist."
Although not of the first importance, it might be utilized as a hymn for Palm Sunday. Its use is limited. The New Congregational Hymn Book, copying from the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, omits st. iii. and v.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)