O God our help in ages past (Charles Villiers Stanford)

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  • (Posted 2016-11-13)  CPDL #41835:   
Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2016-11-13).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 833 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Scanned from the original edition: "Varied Harmonies for Organ Accompaniment (and voices ad libitum) of Certain Tunes in Hymns Ancient And Modern". (William Clowes and Sons Limited, London, n.d. [c.1912])

General Information

Title: O God our help in ages past
Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, or unison
Genre: SacredHymn

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: c.1912
Description: Varied harmonies for the hymn tune "St Anne"

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Original text and translations

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

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

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

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

Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
bears all its sons away;
they fly, forgotten, as a dream
dies at the opening day.

O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
be thou our guide while troubles last,
and our eternal home.