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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sunday's Hymn: O God, the Rock of Ages

O God, the Rock of Ages,
Who evermore hast been,
What time the tempest rages,
Our dwelling place serene:
Before thy first creations,
O Lord, the same as now,
To endless generations
The Everlasting Thou!

Our years are like the shadows
On sunny hills that lie,
Or grasses in the meadows
That blossom but to die;
A sleep, a dream, a story
By strangers quickly told,
And unremaining glory
Of things that soon are old.

O thou who canst not slumber,
Whose light grows never pale,
Teach us aright to number
Our years before they fail;
On us thy mercy lighten,
On us thy goodness rest,
And let thy Spirit brighten
The hearts thyself hast blessed.

Lord, crown our faith's endeavor
With beauty and with grace,
Till, clothed in light for ever,
We see thee face to face:
A joy no language measures;
A fountain brimming o'er;
An endless flow of pleasures;
An ocean without shore.

Edward H. Bickersteth, 1860
Tune: Schubert, Arr. from Franz Schubert by W. W. Gilchrist, 1895


Kim from Hiraeth said...

Ah, the wonders of posting in advance! : D

I sure do miss you, Dorothy! Hope you are enjoying your time away with family.

Looking forward to your return!

Love you,
Miss you!


C.W.S. said...

I especially like the last verse! I think I've seen this hymn, but never read it carefully.