1 When that the Lord again his Zion had forth brought
From bondage great and also servitude extreme,
His work was such as did surmount man's heart and thought;
So that we were much like to them that used to dream:
Our mouths were all with laughter fill-ed then,
Also our tongues did show us joyful men.
2 The heathen folk were forcèd then this to confess,
How that the Lord for them also great things had done;
but much more we, and therefore can confess no less;
Wherefore to joy we have good cause, as we begun
O Lord, go forth, Thou canst our bondage end,
Who to deserts does flowing rivers send.
3 Full true it is, that they which sow in tears indeed,
A time will come when they shall reap in mirth and joy:
They went and wept in bearing of their precious seed,
For that their foes full oftentimes did them annoy;
But their return they joyfully shall see,
Their sheaves bring home, and not impairèd be.