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How many years has man been driven

How many years has man been driven

Author: John Cennick
Published in 26 hymnals

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1 How many years has man been driv'n
Far off from happiness and heav'n?
When wilt thou, gracious Lord, restore
Thy wand'ring church, to roam no more?

2 Sex thousand years are nearly past
Since Adam from thy sight was cast:
And ever since his fallen race,
From age to age are void of grace.

3 When will the happy trump proclaim
The judgement of the martyr'd lamb?
When shall the captive troops be free,
And keep th' eternal jubilee!

4 Hasten it, Lord, in every land,
Send thou thine angels and command;
"Go sound deliv'rance loudly blow,
"Salvation to the saints below?

5 We want to have the day appear!
The promis'd great sabbatic year,
When, far from grief, and sin and hell,
Israel in ceaseless peace shall dwell.

6 'Till then, we will not let thee rest,
Thou still shalt hear our strong request;
And this our daily pray'r shall be,
Lord, sound the trump of jubilee.

Source: The Hartford Selection of Hymns: from the most approved authors: to which are added a number never before published (2nd ed.) #CCLII

Author: John Cennick

John Cennick was born at Reading, Berkshire, in the year 1717. He became acquainted with Wesley and Whitefield, and preached in the Methodist connection. On the separation of Wesley and Whitefield he joined the latter. In 1745, he attached himself to the Moravians, and made a tour in Germany to fully acquaint himself with the Moravian doctrines. He afterwards ministered in Dublin, and in the north of Ireland. He died in London, in 1755, and was buried in the Moravian Cemetery, Chelsea. He was the author of many hymns, some of which are to be found in every collection. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

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First Line: How many years has man been driven
Author: John Cennick
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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