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1, Had not the Lord, may Israel say,
Appeared on our side;
2. Had not the Lord us helped, when men
Rose, like the swelling tide:
3. They soon had swallowed us alive;
So fierce their wrath did rowl;
4. The waters had o'erwhelmed us,
The stream gone o'er our soul.
5. Proud waters then had o'er us beat,
And swept us quite away.
6. Blessed be the Lord; who gave us not,
To their sharp teeth, a prey.
7. Our soul's escaped the broken snare,
As birds, from fowler's, fled.
8. Our help is in Jehovah's name;
Who heaven, and earth, hath made.
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
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