Captives Of Israel, Hear

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1 Captives of Israel, hear,
Who now as exiles mourn;
See your almighty God appear
To hasten your return.

2 Jehovah is His name;
Lord of celestial hosts;
Let Heav’n that saving power proclaim
In which His Israel trusts.

3 Tho’ helpless now ye lie,
As in a dungeon thrown,
When parched with painful thirst ye cry,
And when your bread is gone,

4 Deliverance comes apace;
Ye shall not there expire;
Prepare to sing redeeming grace
With His triumphant choir.

5 He smote the raging sea
’Midst its tumultuous roar,
And paved His chosen troops a way
Safe to its distant shore.

6 In Him let Israel hope,
At whose supreme command
Graves yield their breathless captives up,
And seas become dry land.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #14673

Author: Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >

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First Line: Captives of Israel, hear
Title: Captives Of Israel, Hear
Author: Philip Doddridge
Source: Published posthumously in Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scripture. By the Late Reverend Philip Doddridge, D. D., by Job Orton (J. Eddowes & J. Cotton: 1755)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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