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From foes that round us rise

From foes that round us rise

Author: Joel Barlow
Published in 22 hymnals

Representative Text

1 From foes, that round us rise,
O God of heav'n, defend,
Who brave the vengeance of the skies,
And with thy saints contend.

2 Behold, from distant shores,
And desert wilds they come,
Combine for blood their barb'rous force,
And thro' thy cities roam.

3 Beneath the silent shade,
Their sacred plots they lay,
Our peaceful walls by night invade,
And waste the fields by day.

4 And will the God of grace,
Regardless of our pain,
Permit secure that impious race,
To riot in their reign?

5 In vain their secret guile,
Or open force they prove;
His eye can pierce the deepest veil,
His hand their strength remove.

6 Yet save them, Lord, from death,
Lest we forget their doom;
But drive them with thine angry breath,
Thro' distant lands to roam.

7 Then shall our grateful voice
Proclaim our guardian God;
The nations round the earth rejoice,
And sound thy praise abroad.

Source: Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #P.LIX

Author: Joel Barlow

Barlow, Joel, born at Reading, Connecticut, 1755 [sic], graduated at Yale 1778, and died near Cracow, Poland, 1812, He was well known as an author and politician during and after the American Revolution. His publications include Hasty Pudding; Columbia, &c. In 1785, at the request of the (Congregational) General Association of Connecticut, he corrected and enlarged Dr. Watts's Psalms, supplying those omitted by Watts, and adapting the whole to American thought and circumstances. This work, published in 1786, went through various editions, and, although officially superseded by Dwight in 1800, it continued to be issued for many years after. Its title is somewhat curious as setting forth its design. It reads:— Psalms carefully suited to the… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: From foes that round us rise
Author: Joel Barlow
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 22 of 22)
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Church Hymn Book #P.LIX

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #111

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #103

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #LIX

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d210

Psalms and Hymns for the Worship of God #d208

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Psalms and Hymns, Adapted to Public Worship #P59

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Psalms Carefully Suited to the Christian Worship in the United States of America #59

The Christian Hymn Book (Ohio Auglaize Christian Conference) #d79

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The Christian Hymn-Book (Corr. and Enl., 3rd. ed.) #245

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The Christian Psalmist; or, Watts' Psalms and Hymns #P59b

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The Columbian Repository #136

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The Psalms and Hymns #P59

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The Psalms of David #59

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