Scripture Verse

O God, our fathers have told us what work Thou didst in their days, in the times of old. Psalm 44:1

Introduction

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Robert S. Bridges
(1844–1930)

Words: From the Yat­ten­don Hym­nal, by Ro­bert S. Bridg­es (Ox­ford, Eng­land: 1899), based on F. R. Tai­lour, 1615, alt.

Music: Donne Se­cours Ge­ne­van Psal­ter, 1551 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Lyrics

Our nation, God,
Its heart to Thee upraiseth,
O Lord, the nation
Bows before Thy face:
With high thanksgiving,
Thee Thy glad church praiseth,
Our strength Thy Spirit,
Our trust and hope Thy grace.

Unto great honor,
Glory undeservèd,
Hast Thou exalted
Us, and drawn Thee nigh:
Nor, from Thy judgments,
When our feet had swervèd,
Didst Thou forsake,
Nor leave us, Lord most high.

In Thee our fathers
Trusted, and were savèd,
In Thee destroyèd
Thrones of tyrants proud:
From ancient bondage
Freed the poor enslavèd;
To sow Thy truth
Poured out their saintly blood.

Us now, we pray,
O God, in anger scorn not,
Nor to vainglorying
Leave, nor brutish sense
In time of trouble
Thy face from us turn not,
Who art our rock,
Our stately sure defense.

Unto our minds give
Freedom and uprightness;
Let strengthened courage
Lead o’er land and wave,
To our souls’ armor
Grant celestial brightness,
Joy to our hearts,
And faith beyond the grave.

Our plenteous nation
Still in power extending,
Increase our joy,
Uphold us by Thy Word:
Beauty and wisdom
All our ways attending,
Good will to man
And peace through Christ our Lord.