When God Delivered Israel

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1 When God delivered Israel
From bondage long ago,
They thought that they were dreaming,
but soon they turned to laughing
And sang the song of joy,
And sang the song of joy.

2 The godless nations round them
Could not deny that power;
They cried, "O see this marvel!"
"God's work," replied the people,
And so they sang for joy,
And so they sang for joy.

3 O God, restore our nation;
Come, irrigate dry souls,
That those who sow in sadness
May reap their sheaves with gladness
And sing the song of joy,
And sing the song of joy.

Author: Michael Saward

Michael John Saward (b. Blackheath, Kent, England, 1932) was residentiary Canon of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, and a church commissioner and member of the general synod of the Church of England. Educated at Eltham College, Bristol University, and Tyndale Hall, he was ordained in the Church of England in 1956. Saward served in several congregations and was radio and television officer for the Church Information Office (1967-1972). His publications include Leisure (1963), Couldn’t Care Less (1966), Don't Miss the Party (1974), and All Change (1983). Associated with the Jubilate Group for a number of years, he has written some sixty hymns and served as text editor for Hymns for Today's Church (1982). Bert Polman Go to person page >

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First Line: When God delivered Israel
Title: When God Delivered Israel
Author: Michael Saward (1973)
Meter: 7.6.7.7.6.6
Language: English
Copyright: Text and Music: Copyright © 1973 by Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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