1Attend, ye tribes that dwell remote,
ye tribes at hand, give ear;
th’ upright in heart alone have hope
the false in heart have fear.
2 The man who walks with God in truth,
and ev’ry guile disdains;
who hates to lift oppression’s rod,
and scorns its shameful gains;
3 Whose soul abhors the impious bribe
the tempts from truth to stray,
and from th’ enticing snares of vice
who turns his eyes away:
4 his dwelling, ‘midst the strength of rocks,
shall ever stand secure;
his Father will provide his bread,
his water shall be sure.
5 For him the kingdom of the just
afar doth glorious shine;
and he the King of kings shall see
in majesty divine.
Attend, ye tribes that dwell remote. John Morison. [The Hope of the Just.] First appeared as No. 22 in the Draft Scottish Translations and Paraphrases, 1781, as a version of Isaiah xxxiii. 13-18, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. In the public worship edition of that year, issued by the Church of Scotland and still in use, it is No. 21, with stanza ii., 11. 2-4, and iii.,11. 3-4, rewritten. In the markings by the eldest daughter of W. Cameron (q. v.) ascribed to Morison. Included in a few modern hymnals as recently in Flett's Collection, Paisley, 1871, No. 296. Compare a recast of this beginning, “Attend, ye people, far and near," by Miss Leeson in her Paraphrases & Hymns for Congregational Singing, 1853, No. 47. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
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