Latinised Hymns

O God, our help in ages past

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home;

Beneath the shadow of thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is thine arm alone,
And our defence is sure.

Before the hills in order steod,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting thou art God,
To endless years the same.

A thousand ages in thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the opening day.

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be thou our guard while troubles last
And our eternal home.

I. Watts (P590)

Ut proavis refugium,
spes posteris, Deus,
diffractor nobis turbinum*
aeternaque domus;

tuo tegis sub solio
tu tibi deditos
valesque brachio tuo
ut tueare nos.

Dispostis nondum collibus
telluris aut bathris
ex infinito tu Deus
nec es mutabilis.

Ut pars diei saecula
sunt mille coram te,
ut ultima vigilia
venturo iubare.

Tempusque fluminis modo
quos gignit abripit:
pares fugantur somnio
cum nocte quod perit.

Ut proavis perfugium,
spes posteris, Deus,
tutela contra sis malum
aeternaque domus.

MM 11–15.5.98

*flaminibus obstaculum