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. Thy land to favour graciously
Thou hast not, Lord, been slack; Thou hast from 'hard' captivity
Returned Jacob back.
Th' iniquity thou didst forgive
• That wrought thy people wo; And all their sin, that did thee grieve,'
Hast hid 'where none shall know.'
all thou hadst remov'd, And calmly didst return From thy * fierce wrath, which we had prov'd
Far worse than fire to burn.
God of our saving health and peace !
Turn us, and us restore ; Thine indignation cause to cease
Toward us, “and chide no more.'
Wilt thou be angry without end,
For ever angry thus ?
From age to age on us?
And us again revive,
By thee preserv'd alive?
To us thy mercy show,
And life in us renew.'
* Heb. The burning heat of thy wrath.'
And now,' what God the Lord will speak,
I will go straight and hear,
And to his saints' full dear.'
But let them never more
'To trespass as before.' Surely, to such as do him fear
Salvation is at hand;
«To' dwell within our land.
Mercy and Truth that long were miss'd,
Now "joyfully' are met; • Sweet Peace and Righteousness have kiss’d,
· And hand in hand are set.'
Truth from the earth, like to a flower,'
Shall bud and blossom 'then;'
Look down on mortal men.'
The Lord will also then bestow
Whatever thing is good ;
Her fruits 'to be our food.'
• His royal harbinger ;' Then * will he come, and not be slow;
His footsteps cannot err.
* Heb. He will set his steps to the way.'
Wild beasts there browse, and make their food
•Her grapes and tender shoots.' Return now, God of Hosts ! look down
From heaven, thy seat divine ;
And visit this 'thy' vine.
Hath set, and planted . long,'
Thou hast made firm and strong.
But now it is consum'd with fire,
And cut with axes’ down; They perish at thy dreadful ire
At thy rebuke and frown,
Upon the man of thy right hand
Let thy 'good' hand be laid ;' Upon the son of man, whom thou
Strong for thyself hast made.
So shall we not go back from thee
• To ways of sin and shame;' Quicken us thou; then 'gladly' we
Shall call upon thy name, Return us, and thy grace divine,'
Lord God of Hosts! vouchsafe ;' Cause thou thy face on us to shine ;
And then we shall be safe.
To God our strength sing loud and clear,'
Sing loud to God 'our King ;' To Jacob's God that all
may hear, Loud acclamations ring.
The Nations all whom thou hast made
Shall come, and all shall frame To bow them low before thee, Lord,
And glorify thy Name.
For great thou art, and wonders great
By thy strong hand are done ; Thou in thy everlasting seat,'
Remainest God alone.
Teaeh me, O Lord, thy way.most right;'
I in thy truth will bide ;
So it shall never slide.'
Thee will I praise, O Lord, my God!
· Thee honour and adore' With my whole heart, and blaze abroad
Thy name for evermore.
And thou hast freed my soul,
* From deepest darkness foul.' O God, the proud against me rise
And violent men are met
No fear of thee have set,
Readiest thy grace to show,
Most merciful, most true.
And me have mercy on;
And save thy handmaid's son.
• Thou ancient stock of Israel
If thou wilt list to me,
Throughout the land of thy abode
No alien God shall be,
In honour bend thy knee.
Thee out of Egypt land;
Will grant thy full demand.
• Nor' hearken to my voice e ;
Mislik'd me for his choice.
Then did I leave them to their will,
And to their wand'ring mind;
Their own devices blind.
To' serve me all their days!'
• To' walk my righteous' ways ! Then would I soon bring down their foes,
• That now so proudly rise;' And turn my hand against all those'
That are their enemies.
Who hate the Lord should then be fain'
· To' bow to him and bend; But 'they, his people, should remain,'
Their time should have no end.
And he would feed them from the shock'
With flower of finest wheat,