Scripture Verse

O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, because His mercy endureth forever.@Psalm 118:1

Introduction

Words & Music: Sha­ker Hym­nal (East Can­ter­bu­ry, New Hamp­shire: Can­ter­bu­ry Shak­ers, 1906) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

O give thanks, give thanks unto the Lord,
For He is good,
And His mercy endureth forever.
To Him which led His people
Through the wilderness,
For He is good,
And His mercy endureth forever.
He turnèd the wilderness
Into a standing water,
And dry ground into water springs.
Strengthen ye the weak hands
And confirm the feeble knees,
Say to them that are of a fearful heart,
Be strong, fear not,
Behold your God will come
With a recompense.
Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened
And the ears of the deaf,
Of the deaf unstoppèd.
And a highway shall be there,
And it shall be callèd the way,
The way of holiness,
The unclean shall not pass over it,
The unclean shall not pass over it,
But the redeemèd of the Lord
Shall walk therein;
And the ransomed of the Lord
Shall return and come to Zion,
To Zion with songs
End everlasting joy upon their heads,
They shall obtain joy and gladness,
And sorrow and sighing shall flee away.