PSALM 126

SETTING A
METER:  77 77 D
SUGGESTED TUNE:  ST. GEORGE'S WINDSOR or MESSIAH
This is the meter of the hymns "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" and "Take My Life, and Let It Be"

1.  When the Lord set Zi-on free,
    We be-came like those who dream.
    Laugh-ter filled our ver-y mouths,
    Our tongues rang out shouts of joy.
    It was said through all the earth,
    "God has done great things for them."
    God has done great things for us;
    God has made us ver-y glad.
2.  Bring our ex-iles back, O God,
    Like the Neg-eb's wat-er-ways.
    May the ones who sow in tears
    Har-vests reap with shouts of joy.
    One who weep-ing has gone forth
    With the seed that's to be sown
    Shall come home with shouts of joy,
    Bring-ing in the sheaves of grain.

Reprinted by permission of the publisher from Sing the Psalms! by Dale A. Schoening.  Copyright 1988 Dale A. Schoening.

SETTING B
(Especially appropriate for use in Advent)
METER:  77 77 77 77 77
TUNE:  MENDELSSOHN
("Hark! the Herald Angels Sing")

1.  When the Lord set Zi-on free,
    We be-came like those who dream.
    Laugh-ter filled our ver-y mouths,
    Our tongues rang out shouts of joy.
    It was said through all the earth,
    "God has done great things for them."
    God has done great things for us;
    God has made us ver-y glad.
REFRAIN:
    God has done great things for us;
    God has made us ver-y glad.
2.  Bring our ex-iles back, O God,
    Like the Neg-eb's wat-er-ways.
    May the ones who sow in tears
    Har-vests reap with shouts of joy.
    One who weep-ing has gone forth
    With the seed that's to be sown
    Shall come home with shouts of joy,
    Bring-ing in the sheaves of grain.
REFRAIN:
    God has done great things for us;
    God has made us ver-y glad.

Reprinted by permission of the publisher from Sing the Psalms! by Dale A. Schoening.  Copyright 1988 Dale A. Schoening.  Adapted for use with this tune 2011 by Dale A. Schoening.

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