8182. Before Messiah's Presence Meet

1 Before Messiah’s presence meet
The chiefs, at whose imperial feet
Arabia’s far-divided shores
Prolific spread the richest stores.

2 See kings from Tarshish and each isle,
Their presents bring with willing toil;
Each prince to Him shall homage pay,
Each nation own His equal sway.

3 He, when the helpless poor shall cry,
Shall hear propitious from on high,
Health to their fainting souls convey,
And challenge from the grave its prey.

4 Nor fraud, nor rapine’s iron hand
Shall dare to touch the pious band;
For sacred is their blood, and high
Its price in His paternal eye.

5 Long shall He live, and Sheba’s gold
In tributary heaps behold
Displayed, while crowds shall suppliant bow,
And thankful pay their daily vow.

Text Information
First Line: Before Messiah’s presence meet
Title: Before Messiah's Presence Meet
Author: James Merrick, 1720-1769
Meter: LM
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Meter: LM
Key: F Major
Source: The Boston Handel and Haydn Society Collection of Church Music, 3rd. ed., 1825
Copyright: Public Domain

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