Scripture Verse

In You our fathers put their trust. Psalm 22:4–5


Words: John W. Buck­ham, 1916.

Music: Duke Street at­trib­ut­ed to John Hat­ton, 1793 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Hat­ton (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Buck­ham,

John W. Buckham (1864–1945)


O God, above the drift­ing years,
The shrines our fa­thers found­ed stand,
And where the high­er gain ap­pears,
We trace the work­ing of Thy hand.

From out their tire­less pray­er and toil
Emerge the gifts that time has proved,
And seed laid deep in sac­red soil,
Yields har­vests rich in last­ing good.

The torch of their de­vo­tion lent,
Lightens the dark that round us lies;
Help us to pass it on un­spent,
Until the dawn lights up the skies.

Form Thou our hearts with faith like theirs,
Who served the days they could not see,
And give us grace, through amp­ler years,
To build the king­dom yet to be.