1 When God delivered Israel
from bondage long ago,
they thought that they were dreaming,
but soon they turned to laughing
and sang the song of joy,
and sang the song of joy.

2 The godless nations round them
could not deny his power;
they cried, 'O see this marvel!'
'God's work!' replied his people;
and so they sang for joy,
and so they sang for joy.

3 O God, restore our nation;
come irrigate dry souls,
that those who sow in sadness
may reap their sheaves with gladness,
and sing the song of joy,
and sing the song of joy!

Paraphrase of Psalm 126, Michael Saward (born 1932)
© Michael Saward/Jubilate Hymns
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