this is the definitive text for this hymn and should be used in place of the earlier texts O praise the God of Israel and Blest be the God of Israel

1 O bless the God of Israel,
who comes to set us free,
who visits and redeems us
and grants us liberty.
The prophets spoke of mercy,
of rescue and release;
God shall fulfil the promise
to bring our people peace.

2 Now from the house of David
a child of grace is given;
A Saviour comes among us
to raise us up to heaven.
Before him goes the herald
forerunner in the way,
the prophet of salvation,
the messenger of Day.

2A He comes! the son of David
the one whom God has given;
he comes to live among us
and raise us up to heaven.
Before him goes the herald
forerunner in the way,
the prophet of salvation,
the messenger of Day.

3 Where once were fear and darkness
the sun begins to rise
the dawning of forgiveness
upon the sinner's eyes,
to guide the feet of pilgrims
along the paths of peace:
O bless our God and Saviour,
with songs that never cease!

After The Song of Zechariah , Michael Perry (1942 - 1996)
© Mrs B Perry/Jubilate Hymns
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