Hymn: O God Our Help In Ages Past

Hymn: O God Our Help In Ages Past

O God, our help in ages past – Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

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

Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defense is sure.

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

Thy Word commands our flesh to dust,
“Return, ye sons of men”:
All nations rose from earth at first,
And turn to earth again.

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

The busy tribes of flesh and blood,
With all their lives and cares,
Are carried downwards by the flood,
And lost in foll’wing years.

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

Like flow’ry fields the nations stand
Pleased with the morning light;
The flow’rs beneath the mower’s hand
Lie with’ring ere ’tis night.

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

YORUBA VERSION

Olorun odun to koja,
Iret’eyi ti nbo:
Ib’isadi wa ni iji,
Atile wa lailai.

Labe ojiji ite Re
lawon eniyan Re n gbe!
Tito lagbara Re nikanso
Abo wa si daju.

Kawon oke ko to duro
Tabi ka to daye
Lailai Iwo ni Olorun
Bakanna, lailopin.

Egberun odun loju Re
Bi ale kan lo rí;
B’iso kan l’afemojumo
Kí oorun ko to la.

Ojo wa bi odo sisan,
Opo lo si n gbe lo;
Won n lo, won di eni  ‘gbagbe
Bi ala ti a n ro.

A mu eje a’tebe wa
Wa si waju ‘te Re
Iwo yio je Olorun wa
A t’ipin wa lailai

Olorun odun to koja
Iret’eyi ti nbo:
Ib’isadi wa ni iji,
Atile wa lailai.

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