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O Israel
Words from Hosea XIV, 1-2.

Dedicated to Mrs. C. V. Bridgman.
Published by Novello & Co.


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O Israel was composed and published by Novello whilst Sullivan was still a chorister at H.M. Chapel Royal and was his first published composition. It is described as a "Sacred Song" and dedicated to Mrs. C. V. Bridgman of Tavistock, Devon, the mother of a fellow chorister with whom he was staying on holiday at the time of its composition. The manuscript is dated 1 September 1855.

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Sullivan in Chorister's Dress
Sullivan as a Chorister
O Israel return, return,
Return unto the Lord thy God:
O Israel return,
Return unto the Lord thy God:
For thou hast fall'n by thine iniquity,
Hast fall'n by thine iniquity.

Take with you words, and turn to the Lord.
Say unto him,
Take away all iniquity,
Take away all iniquity and receive us graciously.

Return to the Lord,
Return to the Lord thy God;
Return O Israel, unto the Lord thy God.

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