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   Hymns of the Christian Church.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Hymns Based on Psalms
Psalm XC
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.
Thy word commands our flesh, “To dust
  Return ye sons of men:”
All nations rose from earth at first        15
  And turn to earth again.
A thousand ages in thy sight
  Are like an evening gone,
Short as the watch that ends the night
  Before the rising sun.        20
The busy tribes of flesh and blood,
  With all their lives and cares,
Are carried downward by thy flood,
  And lost in following years.
Time, like an ever-rolling stream,        25
  Bears all its sons away:
They fly forgotten, as a dream
  Dies at the opening day.
Like flowery fields the nations stand,
  Pleas’d with the morning light,        30
The flowers beneath the mower’s hand
  Lie withering ere ’tis night.
Our God, our help in ages past,
  Our hope for years to come,
Be thou our guard while troubles last,        35
  And our eternal home.


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