1 God in the great Assembly sits,
Enthron'd, where his impartial Eye
In State surveys the Earthly Gods,
and does their weaker Judgments try.
How can ye then unjustly judge;
And be to daring Sinners kind?
Strive ye the Orphans to defend,
And let the Poor your Justice find.
2 Protect the humble helpless Man,
When he's reduc'd to deep Distress,
And let not him become a Prey.
To such as would his Soul oppress.
They neither know, nor will they learn,
But blindly roving, go stray;
Justice and Truth, the World's Support,
Are now beginning to decay.
3 Well then may GOD, in Anger, say,
"I've call'd you by my sacred Name,
"I've said ye're GOD's, the Sons and Heirs
"Of Glory and immortal Fame,
"But ne'ertheless, your unjust Deeds,
"To strict Account I'll surely call;
"You all shall die like common Men,
"like other haughty Tyrants fall.
4 Arise, and thy just Judgments, LORD,
Throughout th'astonish'd World display,
And all the Nations of the Earth,
Shall own thy everlasting Sway.
Francis Hopkinson; grad. College of Philadelphia with master’s degree; studied law and passed Pa. bar; opened conveyancer’s office in Philadelphia; musical and literary talent; prolific writer who frequently used pen name, A. B.
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Display Title: God in the great Assembly sitsFirst Line: God in the great Assembly sitsTune Title: [God, in the great Assembly sits]Scripture: Psalm 82Date: 1767Subject: Description of | Duty of Judges and Magistrates; Thanksgivings | For diverse Mercies shown to the Chruch