Hymn: All my hope on God is founded

In the US today, lots of people are remembering the attacks of ten years ago. Seems to me that this hymn is useful, and not just because of its poignant reminder that “tower and temple fall to dust.” Our only hope is in God. Our hope is not in endless counter-terrorism measures, or war, or demonization of the other, or false and jingoistic patriotism. Let me say again: our only hope is in God.

All my hope on God is founded;
he doth still my trust renew,
me through change and chance he guideth,
only good and only true.
God unknown,
he alone
calls my heart to be his own.

Pride of man and earthly glory,
sword and crown betray his trust;
what with care and toil he buildeth,
tower and temple fall to dust.
But God’s power,
hour by hour,
is my temple and my tower.

God’s great goodness aye endureth,
deep his wisdom, passing thought:
splendor, light and life attend him,
beauty springeth out of naught.
from his store
newborn worlds rise and adore.

Daily doth the almighty Giver
bounteous gifts on us bestow;
his desire our soul delighteth,
pleasure leads us where we go.
Love doth stand
at his hand;
joy doth wait on his command.

Still from man to God eternal
sacrifice of praise be done,
high above all praises praising
for the gift of Christ, his Son.
Christ doth call
one and all:
ye who follow shall not fall.

Words: Robert Bridges (1844-1930)

I’ve used the original words here. Most often this is sung to Michael, a glorious tune by Herbert Howells. Youtube has an oldie-but-goody from Westminster Abbey and this more recent one as well.

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1 Response

  1. Tom Watling says:

    Many thanks, Scott, for your encouragement in our “doing the right thing.”