1. Will God forever cast us off? His wrath forever smoke Against the people of His love, His little chosen flock. 2. Think of the tribes so dearly bought With the Redeemer’s blood, Nor let Thy Zion be forgot, Where once Thy glory stood. 3. Where once Thy churches prayed and sang Thy foes profanely rage; Amid Thy gates their ensigns hang, And there their host engage. 4. And still to heighten our distress, Thy presence is withdrawn; Thy wonted signs of pow’r and grace Thy pow’r and grace are gone. 5. No prophet speaks to calm our grief, But all in silence mourn; Nor know the hour of our relief, The hour of Thy return.
Source: The Sacred Harp: the best collection of sacred songs, hymns, odes, and anthems ever offered the singing public for general use (1991 rev.) #49b