Thou hast guided them in Thy strength unto Thy holy habitation.@Exodus 15:13
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Leonard Bacon
(1802–1881)

Words: Le­on­ard Ba­con, 1833. This hymn was writ­ten for the 200th an­ni­ver­sa­ry of the found­ing of New Ha­ven, Con­nec­ti­cut.

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

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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.