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Great is the Lord, immensely great

Great is the Lord, immensely great

Author: John Barnard
Published in 1 hymnal

Full Text

1. Great is the Lord, immensely great;
Greatly let them his praise confess,
In city of our God who dwell,
That mountain of his holiness.
2. Mount Zion, joy of all the earth,
Most beautifully scituate;
There the great King, on her north side,
His city built in royal state.

3. God in her palaces is known
To be a refuge strong, and high.
4. For, lo! when kings against her came,
They only passed together by.
5. They came, they saw, they were amazed;
With terror filled, confusedly fled.
6. As women in their traveling hours,
There were they seized with pain and dread.

7. So the fierce boisterous eastern winds,
The mid-land sea to fury wrought;
And the proud fleets, from Tarshish coast,
Were into sudden ruin brought.
8. In city of the Lord of Host,
We've seen, what us our fathers told;
God, his loved city, still preserves,
And will, through future times uphold.

Second Part

9. Therefore, in every new distress,
We, to thy temple, will repair;
Think on thy wondrous grace, O God,
And wait for our deliverance there.
10. O God, thy praise, through all the earth,
Extends, far as thy name is known;
Thy right hand's full of righteousness,
As thou hast said, so thou hast done.

11. O let Mount Zion shout for joy,
And Judah's daughters loud repeat,
In cheerful songs, thy judgments, Lord;
Which our deliverance did complete.
12. Through Zion walk, go round her walls,
Her lofty towers number well;
13. Her forts, and palaces observe,
And to your sons this wonder tell.

14. This God, who our salvation wrought,
Through every age, will be our God;
He'll guide us through the vale of death,
To realms where none but saints have trod.

Author: John Barnard

John Barnard, born in Boston, Nov. 6, 1681; in 1752 made a version of psalms with the music; settled at Marblehead; introduced new music ther; died Jan 14, 1770, aged 89. A Dictionary of Musical Information by John W. Moore, Boston: Oliver, Ditson & Company, 1876  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Great is the Lord, immensely great
Author: John Barnard
Place of Origin: Marblehead, Massachusetts
Language: English