"How Firm a Foundation, Ye Saints of the Lord"
                             by "Keen," 1787, alt.
                                  Text From:
                              THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
                 (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)

        1. How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
        Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
        What more can He say than to you He hath said
        Who unto the Savior for refuge have fled?

        2. In every condition, -- in sickness, in health,
        In poverty's vale, or abounding in wealth,
        At home and abroad, on the land, on the sea, --
        The Lord, the Almighty, they strength e'er shall be.

        3. "Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed,
        For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
        I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
        Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.

        4. "When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
        The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
        For I will be with thee thy troubles to bless
        And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

        5. "When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
        My grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply.
        The flames shall not hurt thee; I only design
        Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.

        6. "E'en down to old age all My people shall prove
        My sovereign, eternal, unchangeable love;
        And when hoary hairs shall their temples adorn,
        Like lambs they shall still in My bosom be borne.

        7. "The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
        I will not, I will not, desert to his foes;
        That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
        I'll never, no never, no never, forsake!"

Notes: Hymn #427 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Isaiah 43:1-7 Author: "Keen",1787, alt Composer: Bernhard Schumacher, 1931 Tune: "Firm Foundation"
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