This hymn was written by Isaac Watts circa 1719. It is a paraphrase of Psalm 90. Originally, it had 9 verses! More commonly, we sing between 4 and 6 verses. Isaac Watts was a prolific hymn writer, many of which still exist to this day.
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1.O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal home.
2.Under the shadow of Thy throne Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone, And our defence is sure.
3.Before the hills in order stood, Or earth received her 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 its sons away;
They fly forgotten, as a dream Dies at the opening day.
6.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.