Song of Zechariah

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1 Blessed be the God of Israel,
The everliving Lord,
Who come in pow'r to save his own,
His people Israel.
For Israel he raises up
Salvation's tow'r on high
In David's house, who reigned as king
And servant of the Lord.

2 Through holy prophets did he speak
His word in days of old,
That he would save us from our foes
And all who bear us ill.
To our ancestors did he give
His covenant of love;
So with us all he keeps his word
In love that knows no end.

3 Of old he gave his solemn oath
To Father Abraham:
His seed a mighty race should be,
And bless'd for evermore.
He vowed to set his people free
From fear of ev'ry foe
That we might serve him all our days
In goodness, love and peace.

4 O tiny child, your name shall be
The prophet of the Lord;
The way of God you shall prepare
To make his coming known.
You shall proclaim to Israel
Salvation's dawning day,
When God shall wipe away all sins
In his redeeming love.

5 The rising Sun shall shine on us
To bring the light of day
To all who sit in darkest night
And shadow of the grave.
Our footsteps God shall safely guide
To walk the ways of peace.
His name for evermore be blessed
Who lives and loves and saves.

Source: Worship (3rd ed.) #6

Author: James Quinn

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Text Information

First Line: Blest be the God of Israel, The ever living Lord
Title: Song of Zechariah
Latin Title: Benedictus
Author: James Quinn
Meter: 8.6.8.6 D
Language: English
Copyright: © 1969, James Quinn, SJ

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FOREST GREEN

FOREST GREEN is an English folk tune associated with the ballad "The Ploughboy's Dream." Ralph Vaughan Williams (PHH 316) turned FOREST GREEN into a hymn tune for The English Hymnal (1906), using it as a setting for "O Little Town of Bethlehem." Shaped in rounded bar form (AABA), FOREST GREEN has th…

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KINGSFOLD

Thought by some scholars to date back to the Middle Ages, KINGSFOLD is a folk tune set to a variety of texts in England and Ireland. The tune was published in English Country Songs (1893), an anthology compiled by Lucy E. Broadwood and J. A. Fuller Maitland. After having heard the tune in Kingsfold,…

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Timeline

Instances

Instances (1 - 5 of 5)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #79Audio
Catholic Book of Worship III #660
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #601
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #142
Worship (3rd ed.) #6Text



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