46E. God Is Our Refuge and Strength

1 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved,
and though the mountains be toppled into the depths of the sea;

2 Though its waters rage and foam,
and though the mountains tremble at its tumult.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

3 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be overthrown;
God shall help her at the break of day.

4 The nations make much ado, and the kingdoms are shaken;
God has spoken, and the earth shall melt away.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

5 Come now and look upon the works of the LORD,
what awesome things he has done on earth.
It is he who makes war to cease in all the world;
he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear,
and burns the shields with fire.

6 "Be still, then, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations;
I will be exalted in the earth."
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Text Information
First Line: God is our refuge and strength
Title: God Is Our Refuge and Strength
Publication Date: 2012
Topic: Assurance; Biblical Names and Places: Jacob; Church Year: Advent (30 more...)
Source: The Book of Common Prayer
Tune Information
Name: [God is our refuge and strength]
Composer: Martin Luther
Key: C Major
Notes: Those unfamiliar with four-part chant (commonly referred to as “Anglican chant”) may find this setting a good entry point for the genre, particularly if they are familiar with the Lutheran chorale EIN FESTE BURG (“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”). The harmonic movement is intuitive. It is important when singing four-part chant that the rhythm follow the pattern of speech and that it not drag.

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