Scripture Verse

Lord, Thou hast been favorable unto Thy land: Thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob. Psalm 85:1


Theodore E. Perkins (1831–1912)

Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 230.

Music: Re­pent­ance Theo­dore E. Per­kins, 1875 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lord, Thou hast greatly blessed our land,
Thou hast brought back our captive band,
Thy pardoning grace has made us free
And covered our iniquity.

O Thou, who in a former day
Didst turn Thy dreadful wrath away,
In grace Thy people, Lord, return,
And let Thy wrath no longer burn.

O will Thine anger ne­ver cease,
Forever shall Thy wrath increase?
Receive and quicken us once more,
And Thy sal­va­tion’s joy restore.

To us Thy mercy now afford
And show us Thy sal­va­tion, Lord;
Yea, Thou wilt answer us in peace,
If from our folly we will cease.

The Lord’s sal­va­tion will appear
To men of faith and godly fear,
And glo­ry in our land shall dwell
When we shall heed God’s precepts well.

Now truth agrees with mercy mild,
Now law and peace are reconciled;
Behold the truth from earth arise,
With justice shining from the skies.

The Lord will send His blessing down,
And harvests all our land shall crown;
Before Him right­eous­ness abides,
And in His footsteps our feet He guides.