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Let men therefore before the Lord

Let men therefore before the Lord
confess his goodness then,
And show the wonders that he does
before the sons of men.

Let them in presence of the folk
with praise extol his Name,
And where the elders use to sit,
there let them do the same.

The wilderness he often makes
with waters to abound,
And water-springs he often turns
to dry and parchèd ground.

A fruitful land with pleasure decked,
full barren does he make.
When on their sins that dwell therein
he does just vengeance take.

Again, the wilderness full rude
he maketh fruit to bear,
With pleasant springs of water clear,
though none before were there;

Wherein such hungry souls are set
as he hath freely chose,
That they a city may them build
to dwell in safe from foes;

That they may sow their pleasant land,
and vineyards also plant,
To yield them fruits of such increase
that they may have no want.

They multiply exceedingly,
the Lord does bless them so
Who also maketh the brute beasts
in number great to grow.

But when the faithful are brought low
by the oppressors stout,
diminishing through many plagues
that compass them about;

Then does he princes bring to shame,
which did them sore oppress,
And likewise causèd them to err
when in the wilderness.

But yet the poor he raises up
out of his troubles deep,
And often does his train augment,
like to a flock of sheep.

The righteous shall behold this sight,
and also much rejoice;
Whereas the wicked and perverse
with grief shall stop their voice.

But who is wise, that now full well
he may these things record?
For certainly such shall perceive
the kindness of the Lord.

marker 99
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Dates: 1561,1812
      Bible Refs: Ps 107:31-43;
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1812# 107
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