How Vainly Strive Ungodly Foes

How vainly strive ungodly foes
Christ’s growing empire to restrain!
And with presumptuous scorn oppose
The Gospel’s everlasting reign!

The Lord on His eternal throne
Derides their impotent designs;
His word is sure-Thou art My Son
In whom My perfect image shines.

Earth’s utmost bounds shall own Thy sway,
And ransomed heathen bow the knee;
While overwhelming wrath shall slay
The foes that will not worship Thee.

Lord, let our trust in Him be placed
Who reigns and intercedes above;
That we with trembling joy may taste
The blessing of a Savior’s love.