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Bellevue 72b

The Sacred Harp, 1991 (Denson) Edition

Composer: Arranged by Zachariah Chambless, 1844
Poet: Rippon’s 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,
Ye who unto Jesus for refuge have fled.


How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,, Stanza 1
2
“Fear not, I am with thee; Oh be not dismayed!
I, 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.


How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,, Stanza 3
3
“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.


How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,, Stanza 4
4
“The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to His foes.
The soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.


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