Words: Brady and Tate, A New Version of the Psalms of David
1 When Israel, by th' Almighty led, (enriched by their oppressors' spoil,) From Egypt marched, and Jacob's seed from bondage in a foreign soil; 2 Jehovah, for his residence, chose out imperial Judah's tent, His mansion royal, and from thence through Israel's camp his orders sent. 3 The distant sea with terror saw, and from th' Almighty's presence fled; Old Jordan's streams, surprised with awe, retreated to their fountain's head. 4 The taller mountains skipped like rams, when danger near the fold they hear; The hills skipped after them like lambs, affrighted by their leader's fear. 5 O sea, what made your tide withdraw, and naked leave your oozy bed? Why, Jordan, against nature's law, recoil'dst thou to thy fountain's head? 6 Why, mountains, did ye skip like rams, when danger does approach the fold? Why after you the hills, like lambs, when they their leader s flight behold? 7 Earth, tremble on; well may'st thou fear thy Lord and Maker's face to see; When Jacob's awful God draws near, 'tis time for earth and seas to rice. 8 To flee from God, who nature's law confirms and cancels at his will; Who springs from flinty rocks can draw, and thirsty vales with water fill.