O God arise, and by thy might

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1. O God, arise! and by Thy might
Let all Thy foes be put to flight,
With those that evil cherish:
Drive them as smoke before Thine ire;
As wax is molten by the fire,
Let all that hate Thee perish.
But let Thy saints with glad acclaim
Sing praises to Thy holy Name,
And cry with exultation.
Cast up a highway smooth and wide,
For Him who doth thro' deserts ride!
The God of our salvation.

2. A father of the fatherless,
A judge of widows in distress
Is God, where He abideth.
To those in solitude who live,
He doth a happy household give,
In homes that He provideth.
The captives He from pris'n doth bring,
And prosper them that they may sing
Of Him and his salvation.
But they, who wickedly rebel,
He causeth in His wrath to dwell
In lands of desolation.

3. God's chariots, on His people's side,
Are myriads, myriads multiplied,
With Him among them dwelling,
As once He dwelt with veiled face
In Sinai as His holy place,
In glory all excelling.
Thou hast ascended gloriously,
And captive led captivity;
Thine arm hath brought salvation,
They come with gifts who did rebel,
That God the Lord with them may dwell
And be their consolation.

4. Blest be the Lord, for us He cares
And day by day our burdens bears,
The God of our salvation.
God is to us a God of love,
Who sends deliv'rance from above
From death and desolation.
But those who will in sin delight,
He will with swift destruction smite,
And make His saints victorious;
Yea, them I'll bring--He saith to me--
From lands remote, from depths of sea,
And make thy triumph glorious.

Source: The New Christian Hymnal #442

Author: Edward A. Collier

Collier, Edward Augustus, a Congregational Minister at Kinderhook, New York State, is the author of "Thou, Lord, art God alone" (Holy Trinity) in the Scotch Church Hymnary, 1898. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)… Go to person page >

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First Line: O God arise, and by thy might
Author: Edward A. Collier



GENEVAN 68 is usually attributed to Matthäus Greiter (b. Aichach, Bavaria, 1490; d. Strasbourg, France, 1550). It was published as a setting for Psalm 119 in Das dritt theil Strassburger Kirchenampt (1525), which Greiter and his friend Wolfgang Dachstein edited. Greiter studied at Freiburg Universi…

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