a digital library of Unitarian Universalist biographies, history, books, and media
the digital library of Unitarian Universalism
Home » Poetry, Prayers & Visual Arts » Isaac Watts: O God, Our Help

Isaac Watts: O God, Our Help

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home,
Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting You are are God,
To endless years the same.
A thousand ages in Your sight
Are like an evening gone,
Short as a the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.
Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Bears all of us away:
We fly forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the opening day.
O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be now our guard while troubles last
And our eternal home.

Isaac Watts (1674-1748) is recognized as the father of English hymnody and a reknowned logician. He is credited with writing nearly 750 hymns, including “O God Our Help in Ages Past.” He was pastor of a large independent church in London. His religious opinions were more ecumenical than most in his time.

Series Navigation<< Joachim Wach: O Holy OneWalt Whitman: Prayers >>
Categories: Poetry, Prayers & Visual Arts

Notable in UU History
Enoch Pratt

Notable American Unitarians: Business — Enoch Pratt

Enoch Pratt, 1808-1896 Enoch Pratt's first American ancestor on his father’s side arrived in Massachusetts in ... Read More
sophia-fahs1

Sophia Lyon Fahs: Liberal Religious Educator, 1876-1978

by Edith Fisher Hunter, Author The life of Sophia Lyon Fahs was a remarkable journey from ... Read More
Kenneth Patton

Kenneth Leo Patton: A Religion for One World, 1911-1994

by Maryell Cleary, Unitarian Universalist Minister Kenneth Leo Patton (1911-1994), identifed as one of the major ... Read More
Leverett Saltonstall

Leverett Saltonstall

Leverett Saltonstall was a Senator from Massachusetts between 1945 and 1967. Saltonstall was born in Chestnut ... Read More