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579. O God, Our Help in Ages Past

1 O 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 its 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 Time, like an ever rolling stream,
Soon bears us all away;
We fly forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the op'ning day.

6 O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Still 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, 1674-1748
Publication Date: 1986
Meter: CM
Scripture: Psalm 90:1-5
Topic: Funeral; God the Father (Creator); Guidance (4 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: ST. ANNE
Composer (attributed to): William Croft, 1678-1727
Meter: CM
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Harm. composite from 18th C. versions



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