Hear, Israel's Shepherd! like a flock

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1 Hear, Israel’s Shepherd! like a flock
thou that dost Joseph guide;
shine forth, O thou that dost between
the cherubims abide.
2 In Ephraim’s, and Benjamin’s
and in Manasseh’s sight,
do thou for our salvation come,
stir up thy strength and might.

3 Turn us again, O Lord our God,
and upon us vouchsafe
to make thy countenance to shine,
and so we shall be safe.
4 O Lord of hosts, almighty God,
how long shall kindled be
thy wrath against the prayer made
by thine own folk to thee?

5 Thou tears of sorrow givest them
instead of bread to eat;
yea, tears instead of drink thou giv’st
to them in measure great.
6 Thou makest us a strife unto
our neighbours round about;
our enemies among themselves
at us do laugh and flout.

7 Turn us again, O God of hosts,
and upon us vouchsafe
to make thy countenance to shine,
and so we shall be safe.
8 A vine from Egypt brought didst bring
by thine outstretched hand;
and thou didst cast the heathen out
to plant it in their land.

9 A place thou didst prepare for it,
where it might grow and stand;
thou madest it deep root to take,
and cover all the land.
10 The mountains vailed were with its shade,
as with a covering;
the goodly cedars with the boughs
which out of it did spring.

11 Upon the one hand to the sea
her boughs she forth did send;
upon the other to the flood
her branches did extend.
12 Why hast thou then thus broken down
and torn her hedge away;
so that all passers-by do pluck,
and make of her a prey?

13 The boar that from the forest comes
treads down and wastes it still;
the wild beast also of the field
devours it at his will.
14 O God of hosts, we thee beseech,
return now unto thine;
look down from heaven in love, behold,
and visit this thy vine:

15 This vine tree, which thine own right hand
hath planted us among;
and that same branch, which for thyself
thou hast made to be strong.
16 Burnt up it is with flaming fire,
'tis utterly cut down:
they quickly to destruction go
when as thy face doth frown.

17 O let thy hand be still upon
the man of thy right hand,
the Son of man, whom for thyself
thou madest strong to stand.
18 So henceforth we will not go back,
nor turn from thee at all.
O do thou quicken us, and we
upon thy name will call.

19 Turn us again, Lord God of hosts,
and upon us vouchsafe
to make thy countenance to shine,
and so we shall be safe.

Source: The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #P80

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First Line: Hear, Israel's Shepherd, like a flock
Title: Hear, Israel's Shepherd! like a flock
Copyright: Public Domain


EVAN (Havergal)

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Christadelphian Hymn Book #40

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The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #P80

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