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PSALM 114, by            
First Line: When israel by jehovah call'd
Last Line: To form the lake below.


WHEN Israel by Jehovah call'd
From Ægypt's hostile plain,
Pour'd forth in numbers as the Sand
And sought the adjacent main:


Then God descended from on high
To lead the favour'd Race
To rule o'er Jacob, & his Name
In Judah's Tribe to place.


The Sea at their approach allarm'd
In wild amazement fled
And Jordans flood was driven back
Within it's fountain head.


The Mountains from their basis shook
Confess'd the Parent God!
With sudden throws like Rams they skipp'd
And broken, fell abroad.


The little Hills by the same power
Were from their Center torn
Like Lambs resistless they gave way
In Tumult wild, upborn.


Ye Waves what strange amazement, say,
Seiz'd on you that you fled?
Thou Jordan too! on Israels march,
Why driven to thy Head?


Ye Mountains whence this sudden fright
That shook you from your base?
And whence, ye little Hills, your flight
From Israels chosen Race?


Tremble thou Earth! It's God who comes,
Whose Presence fills thy Coast.
Tremble thou Earth! Jehovah leads,
And guards the mighty Host!

That God who by his awfull Word,
Commands the Stream to flow
From flinty Rocks; & pouring thence,
To form the Lake below.

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