O God, Our Help in Ages Past

 

O God, our help in ages past,

our hope for years to come,

our shelter from the stormy blast,

and our eternal home!

 

Under the shadow of Thy throne

Thy saints have dwelt secure;

sufficient is Thine arm alone,

and our defense 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 everrolling 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 guard while life shall last,

and our eternal home.

-Isaac Wats