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Yet unreclaimed this stubborn race Baal




Yet, unreclaimed, this stubborn race
Baal-peor's worship did embrace;
Became his impious guests, and fed
on sacrifices to the dead.


Thus they persisted to provoke
God's vengeance to the final stroke;
'Tis come ;--the deadly pest is come,
to execute their gen'ral doom.


But Phinehas, fired with holy rage,
(th' Almighty vengeance to asswage,)
Did, by two bold offenders' fall,
th' atonement make that ransomed all.


As him a heav'nly zeal had moved,
so Heav'n thc zealous act approved;
To him confirming, and his race,
the priesthood he so well did grace.


At Miribah God's wrath they moved,
who Moses for their sakes reproved;
Whose patient soul they did provoke,
till rashly the meek prophet spoke.


Nor, when possessed of Canaan's land,
did they perform their Lord's command;
Nor his commissioned sword employ
the guilty nations to destroy.


Nor only spared the Pagan crew,
but, mingling, learnt their vices too,
And worship to those idols paid,
which them to fatal snares betrayed.


To devils they did sacrifice
their children with relentless eyes;
Approached their altars through a flood
of their own sons' and daughters' blood.


No cheaper victims would appease
Canaan's remorseless deities;
No blood her idols reconcile,
but that which did the land defile.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1696,1821
      Bible Refs: Ps 106:28-38;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1821# 106
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