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Israel Returning From Captivity

Why, on the bending willows hung

Author: James Joyce
Published in 84 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 High on the bending willows hung,
Israel, still sleeps the tuneful string?
Still mute remains the sullen tongue,
And Sion's song delays to sing?

2 Awake! thy loudest raptures raise;
Let harp and voice unite their strains;
Thy promised King His sceptre sways;
Behold, thy own Messiah reigns.

3 By foreign streams no longer roam,
And weeping, think on Jordan's flood;
In every clime behold a home,
In every temple see thy God.

4 No taunting foes the song require;
No strangers mock thy captive chain:
Thy friends provoke the silent lyre,
And brethren ask the holy strain.

5 Then why, on bending willows hung,
Israel, still sleeps the tuneful string?
Why mute remains the sullen tongue,
And Sion's song delays to sing?


Source: Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America #295

Author: James Joyce

Joyce, James, M.A., was born at Frome, Somersetshire, Nov. 2, 1781, and was for some years Vicar of Dorking, and died there Oct. 9, 1850. He published A Treatise on Love to God, &c, 1822, The Lays of Truth, a Poem, 1825; and Hymns with Notes, 1849. This last is a small work which he compiled for his parishioners. It is composed of passages of Holy Scripture, Meditations, and 20 Hymns. Of his hymns, the following are in common use:— 1. Disown'd of Heav'n, by man opprest. [On behalf of the Jews.] Tlds appeared in the Christian Observer, Nov., 1809, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, headed, "Hymn applicable to the present condition of the Jews," and signed "J. J." The form in which it is known to modern collections is, "O why should Israel's so… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Why, on the bending willows hung
Title: Israel Returning From Captivity
Author: James Joyce
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

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Media

The Cyber Hymnal #10726
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)

Instances

Instances (1 - 84 of 84)

A Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs. 19th ed. #d507

A Collection of Hymns for the Sanctuary. Rev.ed. with a Supplement #d107

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the United Brethren in Christ #348

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A Collection of Hymns #366

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A Selection of Spiritual Songs #922

Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music for the Church and the Choir #d1031

Chapel Hymns #d666

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Church Harmonies #389

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Church Hymnal #264

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d1182

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Church Poetry #169b

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Church Psalmody #P137.3

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Church Psalmody #P137c

Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d823

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Evangelical Hymns #226

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #528

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #528

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #482

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Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #482

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Hymnal and Canticles of the Protestant Episcopal Church with Music (Gilbert & Goodrich) #295

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Hymnal #295

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Hymnal #295

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Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #1065

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #977

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #977

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Hymns for the Sanctuary and Social Worship #903

Hymns for the Vestry and the Fireside #d367

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Hymns of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States, as authorized by the General Convention #67

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Laudes Domini #547

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Laudes Domini #1054

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Laudes Domini #521

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Manual of Christian Psalmody #P137c

Melodies of the Church #d1135

National Baptist Convention Hymnal #d63

Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d816

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Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs #1167

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Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #H597

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Selah #72c

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Selections from the Psalms of David in Metre #H67

Songs for the Lord's House #d528

Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #ad1279

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Songs for the Sanctuary #1123

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Songs for the Sanctuary #1123

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Songs for the Sanctuary #1123

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #1123

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or, Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Words only) #1123

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Songs of Pilgrimage #1144

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Songs of the Church #666

The American Tune Book (Carmina Sacra, enlarged) #d479

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The Baptist Psalmody #1033

The Book of Praise #d911

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The Book of Worship #396

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The Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs #462

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The Choir #38b

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The Christian Psalmist #P137b

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The Christian Psalmist; or, Watts' Psalms and Hymns #P137b

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The Church Hymnal with Canticles #295

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The Church Hymnal #405

The Church of God Selection of Spiritual Songs for the Church and Choir #d1028

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The Congregational Hymn Book #866

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The Cyber Hymnal #10726

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The Gospel Psalmist #936

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The Hymnal #295

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The Lecture-Room Hymn-Book #H67

The Modern Harp #d314

The Modern Psalmist #d377

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The New Laudes Domini #1112

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The New York Choralist #51b

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The New York Choralist #52

The Olive Branch #d184

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The Psalmist #922

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The Psalmist #922

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The Psalmody #874

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The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book #325c

The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d1241

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The Sacred Harp or Eclectic Harmony #42b

The Service of Song for Baptist Churches #d1018

The Temple Harp #d135

The Thanksgiving #d284

Union Hymns #d455

Universalist Hymn Book #d629

Exclude 83 pre-1979 instances
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