Text:O God, our help in ages past
Author:I. Watts (1674-1748)
Composer (attributed to):W. Croft (1678-1727)
Composer (descant) and Arranger:G. T. Shaw (1879-1943)

37. 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 Beneath the shadow of your throne
your people lived secure;
sufficient is your arm alone,
and our defence is sure.

3 Before the hills in order stood,
or earth from darkness came,
from everlasting you are God,
to endless years the same.

4 A thousand ages in your 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,
will bear us all away;
we pass forgotten, as a dream
dies with the dawning day.

6 O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come
be our defence while life shall last,
and our eternal home!

Text Information
First Line: O God, our help in ages past
Author: I. Watts (1674-1748)
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (CM)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1987
Topic: God, Father: Gracious and Merciful; Pentecost 18: The Offering of Life
Tune Information
Name: ST. ANNE
Composer (attributed to): W. Croft (1678-1727)
Composer (descant) and Arranger: G. T. Shaw (1879-1943)
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (CM)
Key: C Major
Source: A Supplement to the New Version 1708
Copyright: desc. and arr. © Novello & Co Ltd
Notes: Includes separate descant and arrangement for verse 6.

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