8184. Arise, Great God

1 Arise, great God, and let Thy grace
Its beams effuse on Jacob’s race:
Restore the long lost scattered band,
And call them to their native land.

2 Their misery let Thy mercy heal,
Their trespass hide, their pardon seal;
Check in mid-course Thy dreadful ire,
And bid its kindled flames expire!

3 O grant them still Thy love to share;
Incline Thine ear, accept our prayer;
Cleanse them from unbelief and sin,
And gather, too, the Gentiles in.

4 How long shall Jacob’s offspring prove
The sad suspension of Thy love?
Say, shall Thy wrath perpetual burn?
And wilt Thou ne’er, appeased, return?

5 Thy quickening Spirit now impart,
And wake to joy each grateful heart,
While Israel’s rescued tribes in Thee
Their bliss and full salvation see!

6 No longer, heavenly Sire, delay,
Thy wonted mercy now display,
And let Thy all disposing will
Thy people’s steadfast hope fulfill.

Text Information
First Line: Arise, great God, and let Thy grace
Title: Arise, Great God
Author: James Merrick, 1720-1769
Meter: LM
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: Ignaz Josef Pleyel
Meter: LM
Key: F Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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