1 Lord, Thou has been our dwelling place
In generations all,
Before Thou ever hadst brought forth
The mountains great or small;
2 Ere ever Thou hadst formed the earth,
And all the world abroad;
Ev'n Thou from everlasting art
To everlasting God.
3 A thousand years do yet appear
No more before Thy sight
Than yesterday when it is past,
Or than a watch by night.
4 As with an overflowing flood
Thou sweepest them away;
They are as sleep and as the grass
That grows at morn are they.
5 All our iniquities Thou dost
Before Thy presence place,
And set our secfet [sic] faults before
The brightness of Thy face.
6 For in Thine anger all our days
Pass onward to an end;
And as a tale that hath been told
So all our years we spend.
7 Three-score and ten years are the sum
Of all the days we see;
Or if by reason of more strength
In some four-score they be.
8 Who knows the power of Thy wrath?
According to Thy fear
So is Thy wrath; Lord, teach Thou us
Our end in mind to bear,
9 And so to count our days that we
Our hearts may still apply
To learn Thy wisdom and Thy truth,
That we may live thereby.
Source: The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #68