160. O God, Our Help in Ages Past

1 Our 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 defense is sure.

3 Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received its 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 Thy word commands our flesh to dust:
"Return, ye son of men!"
All nations rose from earth at first
And turn to earth again.

6 Time, like an ever rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the opening day.

7 Like flow'ry fields the nations stand
Pleased with the morning light;
The flow'rs beneath the mower's hand
Lie with'ring ere 'tis night.

8 O God, our Help in ages past,
Our Hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while life shall last
And our eternal Home!

Text Information
First Line: O God, our Help in ages past
Title: O God, Our Help in Ages Past
Author: I. Watts, 1674-1748 (abr., alt.)
Meter: C M
Language: English
Publication Date: 1996
Tune Information
Name: ST. ANNE (Croft)
Composer: W. Croft, 1678-1727 (alt.)
Meter: C M
Key: C Major

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