Ruling and Reigning


Tune: Winchester Old

('While shepherds watched....')

Isaiah 9 v.6-7


For unto us is born a child

He holy, undefiled

Unto us is given a son

Jesus the sinless one


The government shall be upon

His shoulders, He bears, see

All rule and all authority

For Lord and King He be


His name shall be called Wonderful

Counsellor to us all

The mighty God, the Prince of Peace

Whose reign shall never cease


He too the Father e'erlasting

To Him we worship bring

Of increase of His government

And peace there no relent


He born from royal David's line

Yet human and divine

He shall establish, He shall set

His throne, kingdom still yet


It be with judgment and justice

A godly rule be this

From henceforth and for evermore

Zeal of the Lord makes sure

  • Author: orchidee (Offline Offline)
  • Published: December 22nd, 2023 03:16
  • Comment from author about the poem: "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night" was written in 1700 by Irish writer and poet laureate Nahum Tate. A hymn-poem in In verse 1, line 2, I thought of 'He holy, meek, and mild' at first. Maybe as a baby, but not always when He grew to an adult. Not in the sense of being baby-ish.
  • Category: Spiritual
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  • Cassie58

    Beautiful hymn. A favourite. As to the He here in your fine poem, he needs to work on our government, who have truly lost the plot.when it comes to their own flock.

    Thank you for the friend request. Much appreciated.

    • orchidee

      Thanks C.

    • Neville

      this has an extraordinarily Christmassy flavour to it .. which I suspect is intentional .. 🎄🎄

      • orchidee

        Thanks N. Yep, I'm gonna go overboard with the word - Christmas, Christmas, and furthermore Ch........ you knows it!

      • Goldfinch60

        Good one Orchi.

        • orchidee

          Thanks Gold. Can I use the word until the 12 days of Christmas are up?!

          • Goldfinch60

            Yes you may but not after that.


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