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For why their hearts were nothing bent




For why? their hearts were nothing bent
to him, nor what he said,
Nor yet to keep or to perform
the cov'nant he had made.


Yet was he still so merciful,
when they deserved to die,
That he forgave them, and would not
them utterly destroy.


Yea, many times he stayed his wrath,
and did not them surprise,
And would not suffer that his whole
displeasure should arise;


Consid'ring that they were but flesh,
or like to wind and rain,
Passing away, which never doth
return and come again.


How often in the wilderness
did they the Lord provoke!
How did they move and stir him up
to plague them with his stroke!


Yet did they turn again to sin,
and tempt him very soon,
Prescribing to the mighty God
what things they would have done;


Not thinking of his mighty hand,
nor of the day when he
Delivered them out of the hand
of the fierce enemy;


Nor how he wrought his miracles
(as they themselves beheld)
In Egypt, and the wonders that
he did in Zoan's field;


Nor how he turn-ed by his pow'r
their waters into blood,
That no man might receive his drink
at river or at flood;


Nor how he sent them swarms of flies,
which did them sore annoy;
And filled their country full with frogs,
which did their land destroy.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1549,1812
      Bible Refs: Ps 78:31-40;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1812# 78
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