O Lord, our fathers oft have told. Tate & Brady. [Psalm xliv. Thanksgiving for Victory.] First published in three parts in the New Version, 1696. From this rendering, centos of varying length have been compiled from time to time, and have come into common use. In 1836, Edward Osier rewrote various lines from the New Version and formed them into a hymn of 4 stanzas of 4 lines beginning:—“Great God of hosts, our ears have heard." This was included in Hall's Mitre Hymn Book, as a version of Psalm xliv. and entitled “For Succour against our Foes." From thence it passed into various collections, including Pott's Hymns, &c, 1861, where it was given with slight alterations, and a doxology. This text was repeated in the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871, with the change in the doxology of “One co-eternal Three" to "One God in Persons Three."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: O Lord, Our Fathers Oft Have ToldFirst Line: O Lord, our fathers oft have toldTune Title: STUKELYMeter: CMSource: A New Version of the Psalms of David, by Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady, 1696