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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IV. The Higher Life.  1904.
I. The Divine Element—(God, Christ, the Holy Spirit)
“Our God, our help in ages past”
Isaac Watts (1674–1748)
OUR 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        5
  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,        10
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        15
  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.        20
Our God, our help in ages past,
  Our hope for years to come,
Be thou our guard while troubles last,
  And our eternal home.

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