315. Benedictus, the Song of Zecharias

Now blest be Isr'el's Lord and God,
whose Mercy at our Need
Has visited his people's Grief,
and them from Bondage freed:
And rais'd in faithful David's House
Salvation, which of old,
E'er since the world it self began,
his prophets had foretold.

To save us from our spiteful Foes,
and keep his oath in mind,
Which he to Abr'am heretofore,
and to our Fathers sign'd.
That we, from Fear and Danger freed,
his Temple may frequent;
And all our Days, as in his Sight,
In Holy Life be spent.

And thou, O Child, shalt then be call'd
God's Prophet to declare
His Message, and before his Face
his Passage to prepare.
To give them Light who now in Shades
of Night and Death abide;
And in the Way that leads to Peace
our Footsteps safely guide.

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First Line: Now blest be Isr'el's Lord and God
Title: Benedictus, the Song of Zecharias
Publication Date: 1754
Scripture: Luke 1:68-79
Language: English
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