Scripture Verse

Thou, O Lord, art enthroned for ever; Thy name endures to all generations. Psalm 102:12


Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 275.

Music: St. George’s Wind­sor George J. El­vey, 1858 (🔊 pdf nwc).

George J. Elvey (1816–1893)
National Portrait Gallery



Thou, O Lord, art God alone,
Everlasting is Thy throne;
Through the ag­es men shall sing
Praise of Heav’n’s eter­nal king.
Thou, en­throned above the skies,
Wilt for Zi­on’s help arise:
Let Thy grace to her ap­pear,
For the pro­mised time is near.

If with love com­pas­sion­ate
We, Thy ser­vants, mourn her state,
Wilt not Thou, O gra­cious Lord,
Help in Zi­on’s need af­ford?
Lord, Thy glo­ry shall ap­pear,
Kings and na­tions then shall fear;
And Thy name shall be adored
When Thy Zi­on is re­stored.

This all ag­es shall re­cord
For the glo­ry of the Lord;
Thou dost hear the hum­ble pray­er,
For the help­less Thou dost care.
Thou eter­nal art, and great,
Heav’n and earth Thou didst cre­ate,
Heav’n and earth shall pass away,
Changeless Thou shalt live for aye.

As one lays a gar­ment by,
Thou wilt change the star­ry sky
Like a ves­ture worn and old;
But Thy years shall ne’er be told.
Thou wilt make Thy ser­vants’ race
Ever live be­fore Thy face,
And for­ev­er at Thy side
Children’s child­ren shall abide.