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Lord let thy just decrees the king in all his ways

Lord, let thy just decrees the king
in all his ways direct;
And let his son, throughout his reign,
thy righteous laws respect.

So shall he still thy people judge
with pure and upright mind,
Whilst all the helpless poor shall him
their just protector find.

Then hills and mountains shall bring forth
the happy fruits of peace,
Which all the land shall own to be
the work of righteousness;

Whilst he the poor and needy race
shall rule with gentle sway,
And from their humble necks shall take
oppressive yokes away.

In ev'ry heart thy awful fear
shall then be rooted fast,
As long as sun and moon endure,
or time itself shall last.

He shall descend like rain that cheers
the meadows' second birth,
Or like warm show'rs, whose gentle drops
refresh the thirsty earth.

In his blest days the just and good
shall be with favor crowned;
The happy land shall every where
with endless peace abound.

His uncontrolled dominion shall
from sea to sea extend,
Begin at proud Euphrates' streams,
at nature's limits end.

To him the savage nations round
shall bow their servile heads;
His vanquished foes shall lick the dust,
where he his conquest spreads.

The kings of Tarshish and the isles
shall costly presents bring;
From spicy Sheba gifts shall come,
and wealthy Saba's king.

To him shall ev'ry king on earth
his humble homage pay,
And diff'ring nations gladly join
to own his righteous sway.

For he shall set the needy free
when they for succor cry.
Shall save the helpless and the poor,
and all their wants supply.

marker 99
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Dates: 1696
      Bible Refs: Ps 72:1-12;
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1821# 72
      Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        Dates: 1843
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