Today is the last Sunday of the church year in Western denominations that follow the liturgical calendar, and is celebrated as a special day honoring the sovereignty of Jesus Christ. Next week begins a new year with the first Sunday of Advent.
There are many hymns on today's theme, and this is perhaps one of the more familiar ones, by Isaac Watts.
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
Doth its successive journeys run;
Christ's reign shall stretch from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.
To thee shall endless prayer be made,
And praises throng to crown thy head;
Thy Name like sweet perfume shall rise
With every morning sacrifice.
People and realms of every tongue
Dwell on thy love with sweetest song;
And infant voices shall proclaim
Their early blessings on thy Name.
Blessings abound where thou dost reign;
Prisoners shall leap to lose their chains;
The weary find eternal rest,
And all who suffer want are blessed.
Let every creature rise and bring
Peculiar honors to our King;
Angels descend with songs again,
And earth repeat the loud "Amen!"
Isaac Watts, 1719; alt.
Tune: DUKE STREET (L.M.)
John Hatton, 1793
Watts originally wrote fourteen verses, but these five are the ones usually sung today. One that I considered putting back in (still undecided):
The saints shall flourish in thy days,
Dressed in the robes of joy and praise;
Peace, like a river, from thy throne
Shall flow to places yet unknown.
I like the imagery, but it's not earth-based, like the others.