687. Our God, Our Help in Ages Past (Psalm 90)

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1 Our God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home:

2 Beneath the shadow of thy throne
thy saints have dwelt secure;
sufficient is thine arm alone,
and our defense is sure.

3 Before the hills in order stood,
or earth received its frame,
from everlasting thou art God,
to endless years the same.

4 A thousand ages in thy sight
are like an evening gone,
short as the watch that ends the night
before the rising sun.

5 Time, like an ever rolling stream,
bears all our years away;
they fly forgotten, as a dream
dies at the opening day.

6 Our God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
be thou our guard while life shall last,
and our eternal home.

Text Information
First Line: Our God, our help in ages past
Title: Our God, Our Help in Ages Past (Psalm 90)
Author: Isaac Watts (1719, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: CM
Scripture: Psalm 90; Genesis 1:2; Genesis 1:9-10; Psalm 33:20; Psalm 91:1; Isaiah 25:4; Revelation 4:8
Topic: Aging; Celebrating Time; Evening6 more...
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Name: ST. ANNE
Composer (attributed to): William Croft (1708)
Meter: CM
Key: C Major


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Many people sing this hymn unaware that it paraphrases Psalm 90, partly because this text speaks so immediately to the human condition. Since the middle of the 19th century, it has usually been joined to this tune named for the London parish where the composer was organist


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