Thou hast guided them in Thy strength unto Thy holy habitation. Exodus 15:13
Words: Leonard Bacon, 1833. This hymn was written for the 200th anniversary of the founding of New Haven, Connecticut.
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O God, beneath Thy guiding hand
Our exiled fathers crossed the sea;
And when they trod the wintry strand,
With prayer and psalm they worshipped Thee.
Thou heardest, well pleased, the song, the prayer:
Thy blessing came; and still its power
Shall onward, through all ages, bear
The memory of that holy hour.
Laws, freedom, truth and faith in God
Came with those exiles o’er the waves;
And, where their pilgrim feet have trod,
The God they trusted guards their graves.
And here Thy name, O God of love,
Their children’s children still adore,
Till these eternal hills remove,
And spring adorns the earth no more.