Our fathers' God, from out whose hand

Full Text

1 Our fathers’ God, from out whose hand
The centuries fall like grains of sand,
We meet today, united, free,
And loyal to our land and thee,
To thank thee for the era done,
And trust thee for the opening one.

2 Our fathers to their graves have gone;
Their strife is past, their triumph won;
But sterner trials wait the race
Which rises in their honored place,—
A moral warfare with the crime
And folly of an evil time.

3 So let it be! In God’s own might
We gird us for the coming fight,
And strong in him whose cause is ours
In conflict with unholy powers,
We grasp the weapons he has given,—
The light, the truth, the love of heaven.

4 O make us, through the centuries long,
In peace secure, in justice strong;
Around our gift of freedom draw
The safeguards of thy righteous law;
And, cast in some diviner mold,
Let the new cycle shame the old!

Source: Worship and Song. (Rev. ed.) #208

Author: John Greenleaf Whittier

Whittier, John Greenleaf, the American Quaker poet, was born at Haverhill, Massachusetts, Dec. 17, 1807. He began life as a farm-boy and shoemaker, and subsequently became a successful journalist, editor and poet. In 1828 he became editor of the American Manufacturer (Boston), in 1830 of the New England Review, and an 1836 (on becoming Secretary to the American Anti-Slavery Society) of the Pennsylvania Freeman. He was also for some time, beginning with 1847, the corresponding editor of the National Era. In 1840 he removed to Amesbury, Massachusetts, where most of his later works have been written. At the present time [1890] he lives alternately at Amesbury and Boston. His first poetical piece was printed in the Newburyport Free Press in 182… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Our fathers' God, from out whose hand
Author: John Greenleaf Whittier


MELITA (Dykes)

The original chant melody associated with this text [i.e., "Eternal Father, strong to save"] is found in most hymnals of denominations where chant has played a role, including the Lutheran tradition, which has produced much organ music on this well-known chant. The setting here is by John B. Dykes (…

Go to tune page >



Instances (1 - 18 of 18)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A Hymnal for Friends #124
American Student Hymnal #d259
Christian Hymnal #d384
Christian Worship and Praise #d352
Hymnal of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross #32
Hymns for Schools and Colleges #238Page Scan
The American Hymnal for Chapel Service #d303
The American Hymnal for Chapel Service #d302
The Beacon Hymnal #d177
The Council Hymnal, a Selection of Hymns and Tunes Chosen from the Pilgrim Hymnal for use of the National Council of Congregational Churches #d85
The Evangelical Hymnal #464Page Scan
The Hymnal: Army and Navy #471
The New Hymnal of Praise #d285
The Oxford American Hymnal for Schools and Colleges #d292
The Pilgrim Hymnal: with responsive readings and other aids to worship #542Page Scan
The Student Hymnary #d286
War-Time Hymns #15Page Scan
Worship and Song. (Rev. ed.) #208TextPage Scan
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us