Scripture Verse

O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of His praise to be heard. Psalm 66:8

Introduction

Words: Ben­ja­min Rhodes, in his po­em Mes­si­ah, 1787.

Music: Cru­sa­der’s Hymn Schles­ische Volks­lied­er (Si­le­si­an Folk Songs), 1842 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Rhodes (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

My heart and voice I raise,
To spread Messiah’s praise;
Messiah’s praise let all repeat:
The universal Lord,
By whose almighty Word
Creation rose in form complete.

A servant’s form He wore,
And in His body bore
Our dreadful curse on Calvary:
He like a victim stood,
And poured His sacred blood,
To set the guilty captive free.

But soon the Victor rose
Triumphant o’er His foes,
And led the vanquished host in chains;
He threw their empire down,
His foes compelled to own—
O’er all, the great Messiah reigns.

With mercy’s mildest grace,
He governs all our race,
In wisdom, righteousness, and love:
Who to Messiah fly
Shall find redemption nigh,
And all His great salvation prove.

Hail, Savior, Prince of Peace!
Thy kingdom shall increase,
Till all the world Thy glory see;
And righteousness abound,
As the great deep profound,
And fill the earth with purity!