Sovereign Ruler of the skies

Sovereign Ruler of the skies. John Ryland* (1753-1825).  This hymn is dated ‘Aug. 1, 1777’ (JJ, p. 984). It was included by John Rippon* in his Selection of Hymns* in a text for nine 4-line stanzas by ‘RYLAND, Junior’. It was prefaced by ‘The saint happy at being entirely at the Disposal of his God. - My Times are in thy Hand, Psalm xxxi. 15. xxiv. 1.’  Sovereign Ruler of the Skies, Ever gracious, ever wise; All my Times are in thy Hand, All Events at thy Command.  His Decree, who form’d the Earth, Fix’d my first and second Birth: Parents, Native-Place, and Time, All appointed were by him.  He that form’d me in the Womb He shall guide me to the Tomb: All my Times shall ever be...

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