O God, our help in ages past (William Croft)

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  • (Posted 2020-01-27)  CPDL #56807:  Icon_pdf_globe.gif Icon_mp3_globe.gif
Editor: Henk Vogel (submitted 2020-01-27).   Score information: A4, 1 page   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Descant for 'O God, our help in ages past' (or in Dutch: 'O God, die droeg ons voorgeslacht') with organ accompaniment.
  • (Posted 2011-12-14)  CPDL #25148:       
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2011-12-14).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 75 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original key. This edition uses the original setting of the hymn tune "St. Anne", with the melody in the tenor, to be sung a cappella.
  • (Posted 2009-12-02)  CPDL #20530:   
Editor: Tim Blickhan (submitted 2009-11-25).   Score information: Octavo, 13 pages, 313 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Arranged for SATB, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones and organ. This arrangement copyright © 1986 Charles Timothy Blickhan.
Arranger: Tim Blickhan
  • (Posted 2013-05-04)  CPDL #29028:     
Editor: Arjen Bax (submitted 2013-05-04).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 41 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Setting as found in the New English Hymnal #417. LilyPond source included.

General Information

Title: O God, our help in ages past
Composer: William Croft
Tune: St. Anne's, or Ann's
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English

First published: 1708

Description: William Croft's tune St. Anne's was first published in 1708, in the 6th edition of A Supplement to the New Version of Psalms, as a setting of 'As pants the hart for cooling streams' (Psalm 42 in the metrical New Version). It was widely re-used with a number of texts before being republished with 'O God, our help in ages past' (Isaac Watts' paraphrase of Psalm 90) in The Psalm and Hymn Tunes, used at St Johns Chapel, Bedford Row, a collection compiled by Theophania Cecil, who was the organist at St. John's ChapelLink to the English Wikipedia article and the daughter of Richard CecilLink to the English Wikipedia article, who was the minister there. It is now frequently sung with this text. Hymn Tune Index tune number 664.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 90.