When Pharaoh dared to vex the saints,
And thus provoked their God,
Moses was sent at their complaints,
Armed with his dreadful rod.
He called for darkness – darkness came,
Like an o’erwhelming flood;
He turned each lake, and every stream,
To lakes and streams of blood.
He gave the sign, and noisome flies
Through the whole country spread,
And frogs, in croaking armies, rise
About the monarch’s bed.
Through fields, and towns, and palaces,
Then tenfold vengeance flew;
Locusts in swarms devoured their trees,
And hail their cattle slew.
Now let the world forbear its rage,
Nor put the church in fear;
God’s church shall live through every age,
And be the Almighty’s care.