When God first brought us back from exile,
we were as dazed as those who dream.
Then were our mouths brimming with laughter;
joy from our lips gushed like a stream.
The godless cried in envious wonder,
“Look what the Lord has done for them!”
Indeed our God has greatly blessed us;
rejoice and sing, Jerusalem!
Once more, O Lord, restore your people;
come with your saving help again,
as to the brook-beds in the desert
you bring the sweet, reviving rain.
Let those who sow with tears and sighing
sing as they reap and joy proclaim:
may those who weep when seed is scattered
gather their sheaves and praise your name.
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Author: Carl P. Daw
Carl P. Daw, Jr. (b. Louisville, KY, 1944) is the son of a Baptist minister. He holds a PhD degree in English (University of Virginia) and taught English from 1970-1979 at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. As an Episcopal priest (MDiv, 1981, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennesee) he served several congregations in Virginia, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. From 1996-2009 he served as the Executive Director of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Carl Daw began to write hymns as a consultant member of the Text committee for The Hymnal 1982, and his many texts often appeared first in several small collections, including A Year of Grace: Hymns for the Church Year (1990); To Sing God’s Praise (1992), New… Go to person page >
Display Title: When God First Brought Us Back (Psalm 126)First Line: When God first brought us back from exileTune Title: WAYFARING STRANGERAuthor: Carl P. Daw JrMeter: 220.127.116.11 DScripture: Psalm 126Date: 2013Subject: Covenant Faithfulness | ; God's | Salvation
Display Title: When God First Brought Us BackFirst Line: When God first brought us back from exileTune Title: WAYFARING STRANGERAuthor: Carl P. Daw Jr., b. 1944Meter: 18.104.22.168 DScripture: Psalm 126Date: 2012Subject: Biblical Names and Places | Negeb; Biblical Names and Places | Zion; Church Year | Advent; Church Year | Lent; Daily Prayer | Midday Prayer; Disciples / Calling | ; Freedom | ; God's | Wonders; God's | People (flock, sheep); Jesus Christ | Mind of; Joy | ; Lament | Community; Lament | General; Patience | ; Rejoicing | ; Return from Exile | ; Salvation | ; Sorrow | ; Temptation And Trial | ; Victory | ; Year B, Advent, 3rd Sunday | ; Year B, Ordinary Time after Pentecost, October 23-29 | ; Year B, Thanksgiving Day, Canada, 2nd Monday in October | ; Year B, Thanksgiving Day, USA, 4th Thursday in November |
Display Title: When God First Brought Us Back (Cuando el Señor desde el destierro)First Line: When God first brought us back from exile (Cuando el Señor desde el destierro)Tune Title: WAYFARING STRANGERAuthor: Carl P. Daw, Jr., b. 1944; Carlos Colón, b. 1966; María Eugenia Cornou, b. 1969; Dianne Zandstra, b. 1952Meter: 9 8 9 8 DScripture: Ezra 1:1-11; Psalm 126Date: 2019Subject: Covenant | ; Pacto | ; Estado de Libertad | ; Freedom | ; Exile | ; Exilio | ; Renewal (Restoration) | ; Renovación (Resaturación) | ; Salvación | ; Salvation |
Display Title: Psalm 126: When God First Brought Us Back from ExileFirst Line: When God first brought us back from exileTune Title: WAYFARING STRANGERAuthor: Carl P. Daw, Jr., b. 1944Meter: 98 98 DScripture: Psalm 126Date: 2002Subject: Intercessory Prayers |