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And grieved him with their hill altars

And grieved him with their hill-altars,
with offerings and fire,
And with their idols grievously
Provok-ed him to ire.

For which his wrath began again
to kindle in his breast,
The wickedness of Israel
he did so much detest:

The tabernacle he forsook
of Silo where he was
Right conversant with earthly men
E'en as his dwelling-place.

Then suffered he his might and power
in bondage for to be,
And gave the honor of his ark
unto the enemy;

And did commit them to the sword,
wroth with his heritage;
Their young men were consumed with fire,
Maids had no marriage:

And with the sword the priests also
did perish every one,
And not a widow left alive
Their death for to bemoan.

Then did the Lord awake as one
whom sleep could not confine,
And like a mighty giant that
Refresh-ed is with wine:

With em'roids in the hinder parts
his enemies he smote,
And put them into such a shame
As should not be forgot:

The tent and tabernacle he
of Joseph did refuse,
Also the tribe of Ephriam
He would in no wise choose:

But he the tribe of Judah chose,
that he therein might dwell,
E'en the most noble mount Zion,
Which he did love so well:

And there he did his temple build,
both sumptously and sure,
Like as the earth which he hath made
For ever to endure.

Then chose he David him to serve,
his people for to keep,
Whom he took up and brought away
E'en from the folds of sheep:

From following the ewes with young
the Lord did him advance,
To feed his people Israel,
And his inheritance.

Thus David with a faithful heart
his flock and charge did feed,
And prudently with all his pow'r
Did govern them indeed.

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Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Dates: 1549,1812
      Bible Refs: Ps 78:53-66;
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1812# 78
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