God a Very Present Help

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1 God is our refuge and our strength,
our ever present aid,
and, therefore, though the earth gives way,
we will not be afraid;
though hills amidst the sea be cast,
'though foaming waters roar,
yea, though the mighty billows shake
the mountains on the shore.

2 A river flows whose streams make glad
the city of our God,
the holy place wherein the Lord
Most High has his abode;
Since God is in the midst of her,
unmoved her walls shall stand,
for God will be her early help,
when trouble is at hand.

3 The nations raged, the kingdoms moved,
but when his voice was heard,
the troubled earth was stilled to peace
before his mighty word.
The Lord of hosts is on our side,
our safety to secure;
the God of Jacob is for us
a refuge strong and sure.

4 O come, behold what wondrous works
the Lord's great might has wrought;
come, see what desolation great
he on the earth has brought.
To utmost ends of all the earth
he causes war to cease;
the weapons of the strong destroyed,
he makes abiding peace.

5 Be still and know that I am God,
o'er all exalted high;
the subject nations of the earth
my name shall magnify.
The Lord of hosts is on our side,
our safety to secure;
the God of Jacob is for us
a refuge strong and sure.

Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #46B

Text Information

First Line: God is our refuge and our strength, Our ever present aid (Psalter 1912)
Title: God a Very Present Help
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


NOEL (Sullivan)

The tune NOEL (also used at 185) is also known as EARDISLEY or GERARD. Arthur Seymour Sullivan (b Lambeth, London. England. 1842; d. Westminster, London, 1900) adapted this traditional English melody (probably one of the variants of the folk song "Dives and Lazarus"), added phrases of his own to rec…

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WINCHESTER OLD is a famous common-meter psalm tune, presumably arranged by George Kirbye (b. Suffolk, England, c. 1560; d. Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England, 1634) from a melody in Christopher Tye's Acts of the Apostles and published in T. Este's The Whole Book of Psalmes (1592) set to Psalm 84. Ki…

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