61. O God, the Rock of Ages

1 O God, the Rock of Ages,
Who evermore hast been,
What time the tempest rages,
Our dwelling place serene;
Before Thy first creations,
O Lord, the same as now,
To endless generations
The Everlasting Thou!

2 Our years are like the shadows
On sunny hills that lie,
Or grasses in the meadows
That blossom but to die;
A sleep, a dream, a story
By strangers quickly told,
An unremaining glory
Of things that soon are old.

3 O Thou, who canst not slumber,
Whose light grows never pale,
Teach us aright to number
Our years before they fail;
On us Thy mercy lighten,
On us Thy goodness rest,
And let Thy Spirit brighten
The hearts Thyself hast blessed.

4 Lord, crown our faith's endeavor
With beauty and with grace,
Till, clothed in light for ever,
We see Thee face to face;
A joy no language measures,
A fountain brimming o'er,
An endless flow of pleasures,
An ocean without shore.

Text Information
First Line: O God, the Rock of Ages
Author: E. H. Bickersteth (1860)
Meter: 7, 6. 8L.
Publication Date: 1913
Topic: His Majesty and Glory; God: His Majesty and Glory; God: Eternal
Tune Information
Name: [O God, the Rock of Ages]
Composer: Samuel S. Wesley (1864)
Meter: 7, 6. 8L.
Key: E♭ Major

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