O God, the Rock of Ages


  1. O God, the Rock of Ages,
    who evermore hast been,
    what time the tempest rages,
    our dwelling place serene:
    before thy first creations,
    O Lord, the same as now,
    to endless generations
    the Everlasting Thou!

  2. Our years are like the shadows
    on sunny hills that lie,
    or grasses in the meadows
    that blossom but to die;
    a sleep, a dream, a story
    by strangers quickly told,
    and unremaining glory
    of things that soon are old.

  3. O thou who canst not slumber,
    whose light grows never pale,
    teach us aright to number
    our years before they fail;
    on us thy mercy lighten,
    on us thy goodness rest,
    and let thy Spirit brighten
    the hearts thyself hast blessed.

  4. Lord, crown our faith’s endeavor
    with beauty and with grace,
    till, clothed in light for ever,
    we see thee face to face:
    a joy no language measures;
    a fountain brimming o’er;
    an endless flow of pleasures;
    an ocean without shore.
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