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| REJOICE, the Saviour reigns
Among the sons of men;
He breaks the prisoner’s chains,
And makes them free again;
Though hell oppose God’s mighty Son,
In spite of foes His cause goes on.
|2|| The cause of righteousness,
Of Truth and holy peace,
Designed lost souls to bless,
Shall spread and never cease;
Gentile and Jew to Christ shall bow,
Allegiance duewith rapturevow.
|3|| The thwarted prince of hell
In vain new efforts tries,
Truth’s empire to repel
By cruelty and lies;
The infernal hosts shall strive in vain,
Conquest awaits the Lamb once slain.
|4|| All power is in His hand,
His people to defend;
To His most high command
Shall millions more attend:
All Heaven with smiles approves His cause,
And distant isles receive His laws.
|John Ryland, 1753-1825|