1 Had not the God of truth and love,
When hosts against us rose,
Display'd his vengeance from above,
And crush'd the conqu'ring foes;
2 Their armies like a raging flood
Had swept the guardless land,
Destroy'd on earth his blest abode,
And whelm'd our feeble band.
3 But safe beneath his spreading shield
His sons securely rest,
Defy the dangers of the field,
And bear the fearless breast.
4 And now our souls shall bless the Lord,
Who broke the deadly snare;
Who sav'd us from the murd'ring sword,
And made our lives his care.
5 Our help is in Jehovah's name,
Who form'd the heav'ns above;
He that supports their wond'rous frame
Can guard his church by love.
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.CXXIV