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A Song of Degrees of David

Had not the Lord been on our side May Israel now confess

Published in 2 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Had not the LORD been on our side
may Isr'el now confess;
2 Had not the LORD appear'd for us,
in our extreme distress;
3 When men against us rsfe, inflam'd
with rage and cruelty;
Like rav'nous beasts they us alive
had swallow'd instantly,

4 Or like ore'flowing waters, they
had rag'd without controul;
5 The waters proud, the mighty streams
had overwhelm'd our soul.
6 Then ever praised be the LORD,
who sav'd from instant death;
And would not give us up a prey
to their devouring teeth.

7 Our soul escap'd is as a bird
out of the fowler's snare:
The snare asunder broken is,
and we escaped are.
8 Our sure and alsufficient help
is in JEHOVAH's name;
Who all the glorious heav'ns around,
and all the earth did frame.

Source: The Psalms Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Old and New Testament, faithfully translated into English Metre: being the New-England Psalm-Book, revised and improved... (2nd ed.) #PCXXIV

Text Information

First Line: Had not the Lord been on our side May Israel now confess
Title: A Song of Degrees of David
Language: English
Publication Date: 1758
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.



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