Scripture Verse

Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad. Psalm 53:6

Introduction

portrait
Henry F. Lyte
(1793–1847)

Words: Hen­ry F. Lyte, Spir­it of the Psalms 1834.

Music: St. Al­phe­ge Hen­ry J. Gaunt­lett, 1848 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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portrait
Henry J. Gauntlett
(1805–1876)
© National Portrait Gallery

Lyrics

O that the Lord’s salvation
Were out of Zion come,
To heal His ancient nation,
To lead His outcasts home.

How long the holy city
Shall heathen feet profane?
Return, O Lord, in pity,
Rebuild her walls again.

Let fall Thy rod of terror;
Thy saving grace impart;
Roll back the veil of error;
Release the fettered heart.

Let Israel, home returning
Their lost Messiah see;
Give oil of joy for mourning,
And bind Thy church to Thee.