William Cowper, 1779, from Olney Hymns, vol. 1, hymn 72
As birds their infant brood protect,|
And spread their wings to shelter them;
Thus saith the Lord to his elect,
So will I guard Jerusalem.
2. And what then is Jerusalem,
3. Jehovah founded it in blood,|
The blood of his incarnate Son;
There dwell the saints, once foes to God,
The sinners, whom he calls his own.
4. There, though besieged on every side,
5. Let earth repent, and hell despair,|
This city has a sure defence;
Her name is called, the Lord is there,
And who has pow'r to drive him thence.
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