Hear what God the Lord hath spoken:
     "O my people, faint and few,

Isaiah 60:15-20

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

"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 undisturbed possession
      Peace and righteousness shall reign;
Never shall you feel oppression,
      Hear the voice of war again.

Ye no more your suns descending,
      Waning moons no more shall see;
But, your griefs, for ever ending,
      Find eternal noon in me:
God shall rise, and shining o'er ye,
      Change to day the gloom of night;
He, the Lord, shall be your glory,
      God your everlasting light."

~ William Cowper

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