222. O 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 defense is sure.

3 Before the hills in order stood,
or earth received her frame,
from everlasting you are 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 The busy tribes of flesh and blood,
with all their lives and cares,
are carried downward by your flood,
and lost in foll'wing years.

6 Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
bears all its sons away;
they fly forgotten, as a dream
dies at the op'ning day.

7 Our God, our help in ages past
our hope for years to come:
O be our guard while troubles last,
and our eternal home.

Text Information
First Line: O God, our help in ages past
Title: O God, Our Help in Ages Past
Author: Isaac Watts (1719, alt. 1990; mod.)
Meter: C.M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 2018
Scripture: ;
Topic: Funerals; God; God: As Defender (7 more...)
Tune Information
Name: ST. ANNE
Composer (attributed to): William Croft, 1679-1727
Meter: C.M.
Key: C Major
Source: Tate and Brady, Supplement to the New Version, 1708



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