Now Israel

Now Israel. William Whittingham* (ca. 1525/1530- 1579).  This is one of the two metrical versions of Psalm 124: the other begins ‘Had not the Lord been on our side’. According to Millar Patrick*, the metrical version of ‘Now Israel’ in French and the tune are by Théodore de Bèze*, in Pseaumes octante trois de David, mise en rime francoise. A savoir quarante neuf par Clement Marot. et trente quatre par Theodore de Besze (Geneva, 1551). The first stanza of this, the better known version beginning as above, was: Or peut bien dire Israel maintenant, Si le Seigneur pour nous n'eust point esté, Si le Seigneur nostre droit n'eust porté, Quand tout le monde a grand’ fureur venant, Pour nous...

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