1] Our: O (John Wesley's revision, 1738). See The English Hymnal with Tunes (London ), no. 450, p. 595. The hymn is based on Psalm 90, verses 1-5:
Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.Dr. William Croft (1678-1727) composed the tune "St. Anne" in 1708 that has come to be traditionally used for this hymn.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.
For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.
13] This stanza was first omitted by the Episcopal church in the 1871 Hymnal (see The Hymnal 1982 Companion, ed. Raymond Glover [New York: ChurchHymnal Corp., 1994], III, 679-80).
21] This stanza was also first omitted in 1871.
26] his: its (in modern text).
29] This stanza was also first omitted in 1871.
33] Our: O (Wesley's revision).
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Original text: I. Watts, The Psalms of David (London: S. Burton, E. Kent, and J. Lister, 1805), pp. 231-32. BS 1440 W3 1805 Trinity College Library.
First publication date: 1719
Publication date note: Watts' Psalms of David (1719)
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/6
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