Endless prayer and praises

Daily Reading for November 27 • Isaac Watts, Hymnwriter, 1748 (transferred)

Jesus shall reign wherever the sun

Does its successive journeys run;

His kingdom spread from shore to shore,

Till moons shall wax and wane no more.

To Jesus endless prayer be made,

And endless praises crown his head;

His name like sweet perfume shall rise

With every morning sacrifice.

People and realms of every tongue

Dwell on his love with sweetest song;

And infant voices shall proclaim

Their early blessings on his name.

Blessings abound wherever he reigns;

All prisoners leap and loose their chains;

The weary find eternal rest,

And all who suffer want are blessed.

Let every creature rise and bring

Honors peculiar to our King;

Angels descend with songs again,

And earth repeat the loud amen!

Hymn text by Isaac Watts; quoted in The Divine Hours: Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime by Phyllis Tickle (New York: Doubleday, 2000).

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