331. God of the Ages, Whose Almighty Hand

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1 God of the ages, whose almighty hand
leads forth in beauty all the starry band
of shining worlds in splendor through the skies,
our grateful songs before thy throne arise.

2 Thy love divine hath led us in the past.
In this free land by thee our lot is cast.
Be thou our ruler, guardian, guide, and stay:
thy word our law, thy paths our chosen way.

3 From war's alarms, from deadly pestilence,
be thy strong arm our ever sure defense.
Thy true religion in our hearts increase.
Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.

4 Refresh thy people on their toilsome way.
Lead us from night to never-ending day.
Fill all our lives with love and grace divine,
and glory, laud, and praise be ever thine.

Text Information
First Line: God of the ages, whose almighty hand
Title: God of the Ages, Whose Almighty Hand
Author: Daniel Crane Roberts (1876, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: Exodus 13:15; Psalm 22:4; Psalm 29:11; Psalm 33:12; Psalm 44:1-4; Psalm 77:14; Psalm 90:1-2; Psalm 147:12-15; Proverbs 14:34; Isaiah 40:25-26; Amos 8:4-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-2
Topic: Adoration; Guidance; The Life of the Nations (2 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: George William Warren (1892)
Key: E♭ Major

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This hymn was generated by 19th-century centennial celebrations: the words by the Declaration of Independence and the music by the adoption of the United States Constitution. Despite these origins, no specific nation is mentioned in this hymn of praise and prayer for peace.

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