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Psalm 90 - 1st Version
ST. ANNE | Same-Tune Hymns | Bible Passage
Ascribed to William Croft, 1678-1727
Supplement to the New Version, 1708
1 LORD, thou hast been our dwelling-place
In generations all.
2 Before thou ever hadst brought forth
The mountains great or small;
Ere ever thou hadst formed the earth,
And all the world abroad;
Thou even from everlasting art
To everlasting God.
3 Thou, Lord, unto destruction dost
Man that is mortal turn;
And unto them thou sayest, Again
Ye sons of men, return.
4 Because a thousand years appear
No more before thy sight
Than yesterday when it is past,
Or than a watch by night.
5 As with an overflowing flood
Thou carriest them away:
They like a sleep are, like the grass
That grows at morn are they.
6 At morn it flourishes and grows,
Cut down at even doth fade.
7 For by thine anger we're consumed,
Thy wrath makes us afraid.
8 Our sins thou and iniquities
Dost in thy presence place,
And sett'st our secret faults before
The brightness of thy face.
9 For in thine anger all our days
Do pass on to an end;
And as a tale that hath been told,
So we our years do spend.
10 Threescore and ten years do sum up
Our days and years, we see;
Or if, by reason of more strength,
In some fourscore they be,
Yet doth the strength of such old men
But grief and labour prove;
For it is soon cut off, and we
Fly hence and soon remove.
11 Who knows thine anger's power, and keeps
Thy fear before his eyes?
12 To count our days so teach thou us
That our hearts may be wise.
13 Turn yet again to us, O Lord,
How long thus shall it be?
Let it repent thee now for those
That servants are to thee.
14 O with thy tender mercies, Lord,
Us early satisfy;
So we rejoice shall all our days
And still be glad in thee.
15 According as the days have been
Wherein we grief have had,
And years wherein we ill have seen,
So do thou make us glad.
16 O let thy work and power appear
Thy servants' face before;
And show unto their children dear
Thy glory evermore:
17 And let the beauty of the Lord
Our God be us upon;
And our hands' works establish thou,
Establish them each one.
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O God, Our Help in Ages Past From Psalm 90
1 ¬∂ Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.
4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
5 Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.
6 In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
7 ¬∂ For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.
8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
9 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.
10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.
12 ¬∂ So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
13 Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.
14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.
16 Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.
17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.