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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 #
  • A New Version of the Psalms of David
  • 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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