1. When Sion's captives God returned.
Such an illustrious theme,
Struck us with wonder and surprise;
We were like them that dream.
2. Then was our mouth with laughter filled,
Our tongue for joy did shout;
The heathen said, the Lord, for them,
Great things hath brought about.
3. With joy, we own, great things for us,
Are wrought, Lord, by thy hand.
4. Return the remnant; and 'twill be
Like streams to south parched land.
5. Who sow in tears, in joy shall reap,
6. They that go forth, and mourn,
Bearing choice seed, shall sure with joy,
Laden with sheaves, return.
John Barnard, born in Boston, Nov. 6, 1681; in 1752 made a version of psalms with the music; settled at Marblehead; introduced new music ther; died Jan 14, 1770, aged 89.
A Dictionary of Musical Information by John W. Moore, Boston: Oliver, Ditson & Company, 1876
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