Collection of Sacred Hymns, 1835

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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His heart with compassion was fill’d,
From weeping he could not forbear.
 
2 Awhile his behavior was rough,
To bring their past sins to their mind;
But when they were humbled enough
He hasten’d to show himself kind.
 
3 How little they thought it was he
Whom they had ill-treated and sold!
How great their confusion must be,
As soon as his name he had told!
 
4 “I am Joseph, your brother,” he said,
“And still to my heart you are dear;
You sold me, and thought I was dead,
But God, for your sakes, sent me here.”
 
5 Though greatly distressed before,
When charg’d with purloining the cup,
They now were confounded much more,
Not one of them durst to look up.
 
6 “Can Joseph, whom we would have slain
Forgive us the evil we did?
And, will he our households maintain?
O, this is a brother indeed!”
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His heart with compassion was fill’d,
From weeping he could not forbear.
 
2 Awhile his behavior was rough,
To bring their past sins to their mind;
But when they were humbled enough
He hasten’d to show himself kind.
 
3 How little they thought it was he
Whom they had ill-treated and sold!
How great their confusion must be,
As soon as his name he had told!
 
4 “I am Joseph, your brother,” he said,
“And still to my heart you are dear;
You sold me, and thought I was dead,
But God, for your sakes, sent me here.”
 
5 Though greatly distressed before,
When charg’d with purloining the cup,
They now were confounded much more,
Not one of them durst to look up.
 
6 “Can Joseph, whom we would have slain
Forgive us the evil we did?
And, will he our households maintain?
O, this is a brother indeed!”
  [p. 32]
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