God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.@Psalm 74:12

Paraphrase of Psalm 74; author unknown.

Albano Vincent Novello (1781-1861); first published in the appendix to Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1868, from Novello’s original manuscript (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Vincent Novello (1781-1861)

O God, Thou art our king of old,
Salvation Thou hast wrought;
In safety through the mighty sea
Our fathers Thou hast brought.

With mighty arm Thou didst destroy
The pride of boastful man,
And for Thy people made a path
Where mighty waters ran.

The day is Thine, and Thine the night,
And Thine the shining sun;
At Thy command earth’s bounds are set
And changing seasons run.

Mark how Thine enemies, O Lord,
Against Thee proudly speak;
Preserve Thy saints from wicked men,
Be mindful of the meek.

Fulfill, O Lord, Thy covenant,
Our strong Protector be,
For in the earth are dark abodes
Of crime and cruelty.

Let not Thy saints be put to shame;
No longer in Thy sight
Permit Thy foes to vaunt themselves;
Lord, vindicate the right.