Scripture Verse

Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Psalm 90:1


Words: Tho­mas H. Gill, Gold­en Chain 1864.

Music: Gold­en Chain Jo­seph Barn­by, 1887 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Gill (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Joseph Barnby (1838–1896)

This hymn as a whole be­longs to the Wal­den­ses on­ly, among whom it was be­gun, but all the people of God have an in­ter­est in the first two and the last vers­es.

Thomas Gill


Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place
In every generation;
Thy people still have known Thy grace,
And blessed Thy consolation;
Through every age Thou heard’st our cry;
Through every age we found Thee nigh,
Our strength and our sal­va­tion.

Our cleaving sins we oft have wept,
And oft Thy patience provèd;
But still Thy faith we fast have kept,
Thy name we still have lovèd;
And Thou hast kept and loved us well,
Hast granted us in Thee to dwell,
Unshaken, unremovèd.

No, nothing from those arms of love
Shall Thine own people sever;
Our helper ne­ver will remove,
Our God will fail us ne­ver.
Thy people, Lord, have dwelt in Thee,
Our dwelling place Thou still wilt be,
For ever and for ever.