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Firm Foundation (Bellevue) 72

The Sacred Harp, 2012 Revised Cooper Edition

Composer: Arranged byZachariah Chambless, 1844
Alto: B. P. Poyner, 1902
Poet: Ripponís Selection, 1787
Meter: 11s (11,11,11,11)
Stanza Poetry Source by First Line
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,
You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?


How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,, Stanza 1
2
In every condition, in sickness, in health,
In povertyís vale, or abounding in wealth.
At home and abroad, on the land, on the sea,
As your days may demand so your succor shall be.


How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,, Stanza 2
3
Fear not; I am with thee; O be not dismayed;
I, I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
Iíll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.


How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,, Stanza 3
4
When thru the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;
For I will be with thee thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.


How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,, Stanza 4
5
The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to His foes:
That soul, thoí all hell should endeavor to shake,
Iíll never, no never, no never forsake!


How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,, Stanza 7