Scripture Verse

When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Psalm 126:1


John Goss (1800–1880)
National Portrait Gallery


Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 358.

Music: Ar­thur’s Seat John Goss, Hymns and Songs of Praise (New York: 1874) (🔊 pdf nwc).


When in His might the Lord arose to set us free,
And Zi­on was re­stored from her cap­ti­vi­ty,
In trans­ports then of joy and mirth
We praised the Lord of all the earth.

The na­tions saw with fear the might of God dis­played,
When He at last drew near to give His peo­ple aid;
Great things for us the Lord has wrought,
And glad­ness to our hearts has brought.

Again re­fresh us, Lord, with Thy re­viv­ing love,
And be Thy bless­ing poured in mer­cy from above;
By grace re­vive our hearts again,
As streams re­freshed by co­pi­ous rain.

Although with bit­ter tears the sow­er bears his seed,
When har­vest time ap­pears he shall be glad in­deed;
For they that in the sow­ing weep
Shall yet in joy and glad­ness reap.