Had not the Lord, let Israel say

Had not the Lord, let Israel say,
had not the Lord been on our side,
when men who took us for their prey
attacked us like a surging tide;

2. The waters would have stopped our breath
and stifled our despairing cries,
we should have been engulfed in death,
so swiftly did the waters rise.

3. The Lord be praised: our cries were heard,
the wolves were not to seize their prey;
we kept our freedom, like a bird
that slips the net and flies away.

4. Our help is in the Lord’s great name,
the Maker of the earth and sky:
he that upholds that mighty frame
will guard his own with watchful eye.

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