William Cowper, 1779, from Olney Hymns, vol. 2, hymn 12
Gracious Lord, our children see,|
By thy mercy we are free;
But shall these, alas! remain
Subjects still of Satan's reign?
Israel's young ones, when of old
Pharaoh threatened to withhold;
Then thy messenger said, No;
Let the children also go.
2. When the angel of the Lord|
Drawing forth his dreadful sword,
Slew, with an avenging hand,
All the first-born of the land:
Then thy peoples' doors he passed,
Where the bloody sign was placed;
Hear us, now, upon our knees,
Plead the blood of Christ for these!
3. Lord we tremble, for we know|
How the fierce malicious foe;
Wheeling round his watchful flight,
Keeps them ever in his sight:
Spread thy pinions, King of kings!
Hide them safe beneath thy wings;
Lest the rav'nous bird of prey
Stoop, and bear the brood away.
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