Hear what God the Lord hath spoken

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1 Hear what God the Lord hath spoken
O my people faint and few;
Comfortless, afflicted, broken,
Fair abodes I build for you.
Themes of heartfelt tribulation,
Shall no more perplex your ways;
You shall name your walls, salvation,
And your gates shall all be praise.

2 There like streams that feed the garden
Pleasures without end shall flow;
For the Lord your faith rewarding,
All his bounty shall bestow:
Still in undisturb'd possession,
Peace, and righteousness shall reign;
Never shall you hear oppression,
Or the noise of war again.

3 Ye, no more your suns descended,
Waning moons no more shall see;
But your griefs forever ended,
Find eternal noon in me:
God shall rise, and shining o'er you,
Change to day the gloom of night;
He, the Lord shall be your glory,
God your everlasting light.

Divine Hymns of Spiritual Songs, 1802

Author: William Cowper

Cowper, William, the poet. The leading events in the life of Cowper are: born in his father's rectory, Berkhampstead, Nov. 26, 1731; educated at Westminster; called to the Bar, 1754; madness, 1763; residence at Huntingdon, 1765; removal to Olney, 1768; to Weston, 1786; to East Dereham, 1795; death there, April 25,1800. The simple life of Cowper, marked chiefly by its innocent recreations and tender friendships, was in reality a tragedy. His mother, whom he commemorated in the exquisite "Lines on her picture," a vivid delineation of his childhood, written in his 60th year, died when he was six years old. At his first school he was profoundly wretched, but happier at Westminster; excelling at cricket and football, and numbering Warren Hastin… Go to person page >

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First Line: Hear what God the Lord hath spoken
Author: William Cowper
Language: English

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Hear what God the Lord hath spoke. W. Cowper. [The Church in Glory.] First published in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Book i., No. 65, in 3 stanzas of 8 lines, and headed, "The future peace and glory of the Church." It is in somewhat extensive use both in Great Britain and America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907

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Hear what God the Lord hath spoken, p. 502, ii. In the manuscript volume described under Cowper, W., p. 1625, ii., this hymn, given at pp. 211-213, concludes a letter from J. Newton which is dated "Aug. 1773." See Notes and Queries, Sept. 24, 1904.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

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