Attend, ye tribes that dwell remote

Attend, ye tribes that dwell remote

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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.

Source: The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #R21

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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.]

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



DUNFERMLINE is one of the "common" tunes from Andro Hart's psalter The CL Psalms of David, Edinburgh (l615)–a "common" tune was one that was not matched with a specific text in a songbook. Millar Patrick, author of Four Centuries of Scottish Psalmody (London, 1949) and The Story of the Church's So…

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