Hymn: Jesus Shall Reign

Words: Isaac Watts, 1719

Music: Duke Street, attributed to John Hatton, 1793

Isaac Watts drew inspiration from the Psalms for many of his hymns. Jesus Shall Reign is based on Psalm 72.

Isaac Watts (1674-1748) had a flair for verse from his youth. He entered a Nonconformist Academy at age 16, and at age 20 returned home. Over the next two years he wrote the bulk of his Hymns and Spiritual Songs, which were sung in the Southampton Chapel and published in 1707-09. He worked as a tutor and preached his first sermon at age 24. Later he was ordained as pastor of an Independent congregation. Shortly thereafter, his health began to fail, and a fever wrecked his constitution, though he lived for 36 more years. He has written hundreds of hymns, including Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed, Joy to the World, and O God, Our Help in Ages Past.

John C. Hatton (1710-1793) lived on Duke Street, St. Helens, in Windle, England. Little else is known of him. Tradition says he was killed in a stagecoach accident.

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Jesus Shall Reign
Words: Isaac Watts, 1719

Music: Duke Street, attributed to John Hatton, 1793

Verse 1
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
Does his successive journeys run;
His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.

Verse 2
Behold the islands with their kings,|
And Europe her best tribute brings;
From north to south the princes meet,
To pay their homage at His feet.

Verse 3
There Persia, glorious to behold,
There India shines in eastern gold;
And barbarous nations at His word
Submit, and bow, and own their Lord.

Verse 4
To Him shall endless prayer be made,
And praises throng to crown His head;
His name like sweet perfume shall rise
With every morning sacrifice.

Verse 5
People and realms of every tongue
Dwell on His love with sweetest song;
And infant voices shall proclaim
|Their early blessings on His name.

Verse 6
Blessings abound where’er He reigns;
The prisoner leaps to lose his chains;
The weary find eternal rest,
And all the sons of want are blest.

Verse 7
Where He displays His healing power,
Death and the curse are known no more:
In Him the tribes of Adam boast
More blessings than their father lost.

Verse 8
Let every creature rise and bring
Peculiar honors to our king;
Angels descend with songs again, And earth repeat the loud amen.