Psalm 90 - 2nd Version
LUTHER'S HYMN (NUN FREUT EUCH) | Bible Passage
Later form of a melody in Geistliche Lieder, Wittenberg, 1533 or earlier
1 LORD, thou hast been a dwelling-place,
A rest in tribulations,
To us, thine own redeemed race,
Through all our generations.
Thou, ere the mountains sprang to birth,
Or ever thou hadst formed the earth,
Art God from everlasting.
2 Thou turnest man again to clay;
By thee that doom was spoken;
As with a torrent borne away,
Gone like a sleep when broken.
A thousand years are in thy sight
But as a watch amid the night,
Or yesterday departed.
3 At morn we flourish like the grass,
When green and fresh it groweth;
Which, withered ere the evening pass,
The sweeping sickle moweth.
Thus do thy chastisements consume
Our blasted hopes, our early bloom;
We fade at thy displeasure.
4 Lo! thou hast set before thine eyes
All our misdeeds and errors;
Our secret sins from darkness rise
To thy confronting terrors.
At thy rebuke, cut short by death,
Our life is like the transient breath,
That told a bygone story.
5 Our days are three-score years and ten;
Ten more man's strength may borrow;
But if the span be lengthened then
That strength is toil and sorrow;
For soon arrives the closing hour:
But who discerns thy fearful power,
Proportioned to thine anger?
6 Lord, teach us so to count our days,
That we may prize them duly,
And set our heart on wisdom's ways,
That we may praise thee truly.
Return, thy servants' griefs behold,
And with thy mercy, as of old,
O, satisfy us early!
7 Restore us comfort for our fears,
Joy for our long affliction;
Our children give through changing years
Thy glorious beauty, Lord, reveal;
And with thy prospering favour seal
Thy servants and their labours.
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.