1 Thou, Lord, through ev'ry changing scene,
Hast to thy saints a refuge been:
Through ev'ry age, eternal God,
Their pleasing home, their safe abode.
2 Lo, we are ris'n, a feeble race,
Awhile to fill our father's place:
Our helpless state with pity view,
And let us share their refuge too.
3 Through all the thorny paths we trace
In this uncertain wilderness,
When friends desert, and foes invade,
Revive our heart and guard our head.
4 So, when this pilgrimage is o'er,
And we shall dwell in flesh no more,
To thee our sep'rate souls shall come,
And find in thee a surer home.
Source: A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches; to which are added prayers for families and individuals #471
Thou, Lord, through every changing scene. P. Doddridge. [God, the Dwelling-place of His People.] This is No. 21 in the Dodderidge manuscript, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines is headed "God the Dwelling-place of His people thro' all generations” from Ps. xc. 1, and dated May 30, 1736. It was given in J. Orton's posthumous edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 51; and again with slight differences in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839. It has passed into several modern hymnals.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)