O Zion, afflicted (Benjamin Milgrove)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2007-08-26).   Score information: A4, 3 pages   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: O Zion, afflicted
Composer: Benjamin Milgrove
Lyricist: James Grantcreate page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1781 in Twelve hymns, book 3, no. 12
Description: The general congregation (sometimes divided into men and women) should sing the Air.

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Original text and translations

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R.:O Zion, afflicted with wave upon wave,
Whom no man can comfort, whom no man can save;

With darkness surrounded, by terrors dismay'd,
In toiling and rowing thy strength is decay'd.

Loud roaring, the billows would thee overwhelm,
But skillful's the pilot who sits at the helm ;
His wisdom conduct thee, his power thee defends,
In safety and quiet thy warfare He ends.

"O fearful! O faithless! in mercy He cries,
My promise, my truth, are they light in thine eyes?
Still, still I am with thee, my promise shall stand;
Through tempest and tossing I’ll bring thee to land.