SATB and Organ. Daniel Robert's hymn "God of the Ages" was written in 1876 for the Centennial Fourth of July celebration at Brandon, Vermont. Now known as the "National Hymn," it is given a new treatment by Mr. Clarke (to the tune: Woodlands) and the result is a wonderful hymn-anthem perfect for any celebratory or patriotic occasion.
God of the ages, whose almighty hand
leads forth in beauty all the starry band
of shining worlds in splendor through the skies,
our grateful songs before thy throne arise.
Thy love divine hath led us in the past;
in this free land with thee our lot is cast;
be thou our ruler, guardian, guide, and stay,
thy Word our law, thy paths our chosen way.
From war's alarms, from deadly pestilence,
be thy strong arm our ever sure defense;
thy true religion in our hearts increase;
thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.
Refresh thy people on their toilsome way;
lead us from night to never-ending day;
fill all our lives with love and grace divine,
and glory, laud, and praise be ever thine.