When Oer The World Augustus Reigned

When o’er the world Augustus reigned,
The rule of kingships felt decay;
And when our Lord appeared as Man,
The idol shrines were swept away.

One earthly power the people knew,
One world-embracing rule obeyed;
Then Gentiles to the Godhead knelt,
And undivided homage paid.

And when the monarch’s will was known,
A census of the tribes was told;
Then, in the name of Christ their God,
His faithful subjects were enrolled.

For great Thy mercy is to us,
O God, our King, Whose rule we own,
And we will render while we live,
One glory to Thy name alone.

Hymns from the Morningland,