Scripture Verse

Unto Thee, O God, do we give thanks. Psalm 75:1


Words: Al­fred A. Wood­hull, in the Pres­by­ter­ian Psalms and Hymns (Prince­ton, New Jer­sey: 1829). Orig­in­al ti­tle: God of the Pass­ing Year to Thee.

Music: Gros­tette Hen­ry W. Great­or­ex, 1851 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Wood­hull or Great­or­ex (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Great God of na­tions, now to Thee
Our hymn of gra­ti­tude we raise;
With hum­ble heart and bend­ing knee
We of­fer Thee our song of praise.

Thy name we bless, al­migh­ty God,
For all the kind­ness Thou hast shown
To this fair land the pil­grims trod,
This land we fond­ly call our own.

Here free­dom spreads her ban­ner wide
And casts her soft and hal­lowed ray;
Here Thou our fa­thers’ steps didst guide
In safe­ty through their dan­ger­ous way.

We praise Thee that the Gos­pel’s light
Through all our land its ra­di­ance sheds,
Dispels the shades of er­ror’s night,
And hea­ven­ly bless­ings round us spreads.

Great God, pre­serve us in Thy fear;
In dan­ger still our guard­ian be;
O spread Thy truth’s bright pre­cepts here;
Let all the pe­ople wor­ship Thee.