As mercy did not soften, so chastisement did not humble them. Lord, what is man!
God of eternal love,
How fickle are our ways!
And yet how oft did Israel prove
Thy constancy of grace!
Now they believe his word,
While rocks with rivers flow;
Now with their lusts provoke the Lord,
And he reduced them low.
Yet when they mourn’d their faults,
He hearken’d to their groans;
Brought his own covenant to his thoughts,
And call’d them still his sons.