Why should the haughty hero boast

Why should the haughty hero boast

Author: Joel Barlow
Published in 15 hymnals

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1 Why should the haughty hero boast,
His vengeful arm, his warlike host?
While blood defiles his cruel hand,
And desolation wastes the land.

2 He joys to hear the captive's cry,
The widow's groan, the orphan's sigh;
And when the wearied sword would spare,
His falsehood spreads the fatal snare.

3 He triumphs in the deeds of wrong,
And arms with rage his impious tongue;
With pride proclaims his dreadful power,
And b ids the trembling world adore.

4 But God beholds and with a frown,
Casts to the dust his honours down;
The righteous freed, their hopes recal,
And hail the proud oppressors fall.

5 How low th' insulting tyrant lies,
Who dared th' eternal Power despise;
And vainly deem'd with envious joy,
His arm almighty to destroy.

6 We praise the Lord, who heard our cries,
And sent salvation from the skies;
The saints, who saw our mournful days,
Shall join our grateful songs of praise.

Source: Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David: to which is added a collection of hymns; the whole applied to the state of the Christian church in general (4th ed.) #97b

Author: Joel Barlow

Barlow, Joel, born at Reading, Connecticut, 1755 [sic], graduated at Yale 1778, and died near Cracow, Poland, 1812, He was well known as an author and politician during and after the American Revolution. His publications include Hasty Pudding; Columbia, &c. In 1785, at the request of the (Congregational) General Association of Connecticut, he corrected and enlarged Dr. Watts's Psalms, supplying those omitted by Watts, and adapting the whole to American thought and circumstances. This work, published in 1786, went through various editions, and, although officially superseded by Dwight in 1800, it continued to be issued for many years after. Its title is somewhat curious as setting forth its design. It reads:— Psalms carefully suited to the… Go to person page >

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First Line: Why should the haughty hero boast
Author: Joel Barlow
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #104b

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #97b

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #LIIb

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Psalms and Hymns, Adapted to Public Worship #P52.2

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Psalms Carefully Suited to the Christian Worship in the United States of America #52b

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The Columbian Repository #128

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The Psalms and Hymns #P52a

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The Psalms of David #52

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