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.
|First Line:||Before Messiah’s presence meet|
|Title:||Before Messiah's Presence Meet|
|Author:||James Merrick, 1720-1769|
|Source:||The Boston Handel and Haydn Society Collection of Church Music, 3rd. ed., 1825|
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