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Let All the World Rejoice

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1 Let all the world rejoice,
the Lord almighty reigns;
the thunders are his voice,
our life his will ordains:
unequalled, sov'reign and alone
in majesty he fills his throne.

2 Glad was the angel throng
to see his might prevail;
they sang their joyful song
the universe to hail;
while yet in radiant youth it stood,
th'eternal Word pronounced it good.

3 The heav'ns and earth he made
by his prevailing might;
his eye all things surveyed,
he scattered ancient night,
and heav'n and earth and sky and sea
proclaimed his glorious majesty.

4 But this fair world shall die,
the creature of a day,
in cooling ashes lie,
its glory passed away;
the pride and glory of the earth
shall be as ere they had their birth.

5 Yet ever fixed the throne
of the eternal One
shall stand when earth is gone,
and time its race has run.
New worlds his power can make at will,
new creatures can his praise fulfill.

6 The outskirts of his ways
appear to mortal sight;
the fullness of his praise
exceeds an angel's flight;
but here is truth all truth above:
mortals may bless immortal love.

Source: Rejoice in the Lord #8

Author: John Hunt

Hunt, John, D.D., was born at Bridgend, Perth, Jan. 21, 1827, and educated at the University of St. Andrews (D.D. 1878). In 1855 he was ordained to the curacy of Deptford, Sunderland. He held several curacies to 1878, when he became vicar of Oxford, near Sevenoaks. He was for some time on the staff of the Contemporary Review. He has published Select Poems, 1852, being translations from Goethe, Schiller, and other German poets. Also The Spiritual Songs of Martin Luther, 1853. These Songs are noted in this Dictionary under their first lines in German. Very few of them have come into common use. This volume also contains hymns founded on the German of Zinzendorf and others. The versions, however, are very free, and, at Dr. Hunt's suggestion, a… Go to person page >

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First Line: Let all the world rejoice
Title: Let All the World Rejoice
Author: John Hunt (1853, variant 1965)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Let all the world rejoice. J. Hunt. [Praise to God.] One of the original hymns in his Spiritual Songs of Martin Luther, 1853, p. 136, entitled "The Majesty of God." Given, slightly altered, in Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1904. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



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