Help, Lord, for men of virtue fail,
Religion loses ground,
The sons of violence prevail,
And treacheries abound.
Their oaths and promises they break,
Yet act the flatterer’s part;
With fair deceitful lips they speak,
And with a double heart.
If we reprove some hateful lie,
How is their fury stirred!
Are not our lips our own? they cry;
And who shall be our Lord?
Scoffers appear on every side,
Where a vile race of men
Is raised to seats of power and pride,
And bears the sword in vain.
Lord, when iniquities abound,
And blasphemy grows bold;
When faith is hardly to be found,
And love is waxing cold;
Is not Thy chariot hastening on?
Hast Thou not giv’n this sign?
May we not trust and live upon
A promise so divine?
Yes, saith the Lord,
now will I rise,
And make oppressors flee;
I shall appear to their surprise,
And set My servants free.
Thy Word, like silver seven times tried,
Through ages shall endure;
The men that in Thy truth confide
Shall find the promise sure.