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With restless and ungoverned rage Why

eHymnBook # 17864
First Line:
With restless and ungoverned rage Why
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Dates: 1696
      Bible Refs: Ps 2;
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1821# 2
      Name: SAWLEY
      Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        Dates: 1860
        Name meter
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)

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        With restless and ungoverned rage
        Why do the heathen storm?
        Why in such rash attempts engage,
        As they can ne’er perform?

        The great in counsel and in might
        Their various forces bring;
        Against the Lord they all unite,
        And His anointed King.

        “Must we submit
        to their commands?”
        Presumptuously they say;
        “No, let us break Their slavish bands,
        And cast Their chains away.”

        But God, Who sits
        enthroned on high,
        And sees how they combine,
        Does their conspiring strength defy,
        And mocks their vain design.

        Thick clouds of
        wrath divine shall break
        On His rebellious foes;
        And thus will He in thunder speak
        To all that dare oppose:

        “Though madly you dispute My will,
        The King that I ordain,
        Whose throne is fixed on Zion’s hill,
        Shall there securely reign.”

        Attend, O earth, whilst I declare
        God’s uncontrolled decree;
        “Thou art my Son, this day My Heir
        Have I begotten Thee.

        “Ask and receive Thy full demands;
        Thine shall the heathen be;
        The utmost limits of the lands
        Shall be possessed by Thee.

        Thy threat’ning scepter
        Thou shalt shake,
        And crush them every where;
        As massy bars of iron break
        The potter’s brittle ware.”

        Learn then, ye princes,
        and give ear,
        Ye judges of the earth;
        Worship the Lord with holy fear;
        Rejoice with awful mirth.

        Appease the Son
        with due respect,
        Your timely homage pay;
        Lest He revenge the bold neglect,
        Incensed by your delay.

        If but in part His anger rise,
        Who can endure the flame?
        Then blest are they
        whose hope relies
        On His most holy Name.

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