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123. Our 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 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 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 flowery fields the nations stand,
Pleased with the morning light;
The flowers beneath the mower's hand
Lie withering 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!

Amen.

Text Information
First Line: Our God, our Help in ages past
Title: Our God, Our Help in Ages Past
Author: Isaac Watts (1719, ab.)
Meter: C.M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Scripture:
Topic: The Church Year: New Year
Tune Information
Name: ST. ANNE
Composer: William Croft (1708)
Meter: C.M.
Key: C Major



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