746. O God, our help in ages past

1 O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home;

2 Under the shadow of thy throne
thy saints have dwelt secure;
sufficient is thine arm alone,
and our defence is sure.

3 Before the hills in order stood,
or earth received her frame,
from everlasting thou art God,
to endless years the same.

4 A thousand ages in thy sight
are like an evening gone,
short as the watch that ends the night
before the rising sun.

5 Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
bears all its sons away;
they fly forgotten, as a dream
dies at the opening day.

6 O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
be thou our guard while troubles last,
and our eternal home.

Text Information
First Line: O God, our help in ages past
Author: Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
Meter: CM
Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
Topic: Funerals and The Departed; National and Remembrance; Death and Bereavement (6 more...)
Tune Information
Composer (descant): Sydney Hugo Nicholson (1875-1947)
Composer (probable): William Croft (1678-1727)
Meter: CM
Key: C Major
Source: Melody and bass from A Supplement to the New Version of the Psalms, 1708
Copyright: Descant © Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd

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