Scripture Verse

Behold, O My people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. Ezekiel 37:12

Introduction

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The Vision of Ezekiel
Gustave Doré (1832–1883)

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Short Hymns (Bris­tol, Eng­land: E. Far­ley, 1762), num­ber 1227. Eze­ki­el’s pro­phe­cy, the theme of this hymn, brings to mind the birth of the state of Is­ra­el in 1948, a na­tion in a day.

Music: Sar­ah (Ar­nold) Will­iam Ar­nold, in the Me­thod­ist Hymn and Tune Book (To­ron­to, Ca­na­da: Me­thod­ist Book & Pub­lish­ing House, 1894), num­ber 733 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Charles Wesley
(1707–1788)

Lyrics

Messiah, full of grace,
Redeemed by Thee we plead
The promise made to Abraham’s race,
To souls for ages dead.

Their bones as quite dried up,
Throughout our vale appear;
Cut off and lost their last faint hope
To see Thy kingdom here.

Open their graves, and bring
The outcasts forth, to own
Thou art their Lord, their God and king,
Their true Anointed One.

To save the race forlorn,
Thy glorious arm display;
And show the world a nation born,
A nation in a day!