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47. 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 your throne
your saints have dwelt secure:
sufficient is your arm alone,
and our defence is sure.

3 Before the hills in order stood
or earth received its frame,
from everlasting you art 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,
bears all of us away;
we fly forgotten, as a dream
dies at the opening day.

6 Our God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
remain our guard while troubles last,
and our eternal home.

Text Information
First Line: Our God, our help in ages past
Author: Isaac Watts, 1674-1748
Publication Date: 1999
Meter: 86.86
Topic: All Saints and All Souls; Confidence; Eternity of God (6 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer (attributed to): William Croft, 1678-1727
Meter: 86.86
Key: G Major
Source: Later form of melody (rhythm adapted) from 'A Supplement to the New Version,' 1708

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