Dread Jehovah! God Of Nations

This is the original text of this hymn as it appears in the April 1804 edition of The Christian Observer under the header “Hymn for the Fast Day. May 25,1804.”:

“Dread Jehovah! God of Nations,
From thy Temple in the Skies,
Hear thy People’s Supplications,
And for their Deliv’rance rise.
Lo! with deep Contrition turning,
In thy Holy Place we bend;
Fasting, praying, weeping, mourning,
Hear us, spare us, and defend.

“Foes, who’ve ravag’d peaceful Regions,
Now for us the Yoke prepare;
And if thou forsake our Legions,
We, like them, the Yoke must wear.
Shall Religion’s Foes enslave us?
Shall their Heathen Tongues exclaim,
‘Where’s your God?’ O rise to save us,
And assert Thy glorious Name.

”Though our Sins, each Heart confounding,
Long and loud for vengeance call;
Thou hast Mercy as abounding,
Thou hast Blood can cleanse them all.
Let that Mercy veil Transgression,
Let that Blood our Guilt efface;
Save thy People from Oppression,
Save from Spoil thy Holy Place.

“Hear, O God! the Vows we tender;
With our Hosts to battle go;
Shield the Head of each Defender,
And confound the impious Foe.
So when ceas’d the Battle’s raging,
Thine shall be the Victor’s Praise;
And in thy holy Bonds engaging,
We will serve thee all our Days.

Words: Anonymous, with the initials “C.F.” in the April 1804 edition of the Chrustian Observer.
Tune (Church Hymns): Lowton” Albert Lowe, 1875. (

This is the text of this hymn as it appears in Church Hymns (1871) where it is listed as a hymn for Times of Trouble:

Lord Almighty, God of nations,
From Thy temple in the skies
Hear Thy people’s supplications,
Now for their deliverance rise.

Lo! with deep contrition turning,
Humbly at Thy feet we bend;
Hear us, fasting, praying, mourning,
Hear us, spare us, and defend.

Though our sins, our hearts confounding,
Long and loud for vengeance call,
Thou hast mercy more abounding,
Jesus’ Blood can cleanse from all.

Let that love veil our transgression,
Let that Blood our guilt efface;
Save Thy people from oppression,
God of love and power and grace. Amen.

About Noah

musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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