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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Jehovah-Nissi. The Lord My Banner
By William Cowper
 
BY whom was David taught
  To aim the deadly blow,
When he Goliath fought,
  And laid the Hittite low?
Nor sword nor spear the stripling took,        5
But chose a pebble from the brook.
 
’Twas Israel’s God and King
  Who sent him to the fight;
Who gave him strength to sling,
  And skill to aim aright.        10
Ye feeble saints, your strength endures
Because young David’s God is yours.
 
Who ordered Gideon forth,
  To storm the invaders’ camp
With arms of little worth,        15
  A pitcher and a lamp?
The trumpets made his coming known
And all the host was overthrown.
 
Oh! I have seen the day
  When with a single word,        20
God helping me to say,
  “My trust is in the Lord,”
My soul hath quell’d a thousand foes,
Fearless of all that could oppose.
 
But unbelief, self-will,        25
  Self-righteousness and pride,
How often do they steal
  My weapon from my side!
Yet David’s Lord, and Gideon’s friend,
Will help his servant to the end.        30
 
 
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