The holy king of Gods and men I call,
Celestial Law, the righteous seal of all:
The seal which stamps whatever the earth contains,
And all concealed within the liquid plains:
Stable, and starry, of harmonious frame,
Preserving laws eternally the same.
Thy all-composing power in heaven appears,
Connects its frame, and props the starry spheres;
And unjust Envy shakes with dreadful sound,
Tossed by thy arm in giddy whirls around.
It’s thine the life of mortals to defend,
And crown existence with a blessed end;
For thy command alone, of all that lives,
Order and rule to every dwelling gives.
Ever observant of the upright mind,
And of just actions the companion kind.
Foe to the lawless, with avenging ire,
Their steps involving in destruction dire.
Come, blessed, abundant power, whom all revere,
By all desired, with favoring mind draw near;
Give me through life on thee to fix my sight,
And ne’er forsake the equal paths of right.