WHEN Israel, of the Lord beloved
1 WHEN Israel, of the Lord beloved,
Out from the land of bondage came,
Her fathersí God before her moved,
An awful guide, in smoke and flame.
2 By day, along the astonished lands,
The cloudy pillar glided slow:
By night, Arabiaís crimsoned sands
Returned the fiery columnís glow.
3 There rose the choral hymn of praise,
And trump and timbrel answered keen,
And Zionís daughters poured their lays,
With priestís and warriorís voice between.
4 No portents now our foes amaze,
Forsaken Israel wanders lone:
Our fathers would not know Thy ways,
And Thou hast left them to their own.
5 But, present still, though now unseen!
When brightly shines the prosperous day,
Be thoughts of Thee a cloudy screen
To temper the deceitful ray.
6 And O, when stoops on Judahís path
In shade and storm the frequent night,
Be Thou, long-suffering, slow to wrath,
A burning and a shining light!