Hitherto the Lord has blessed us
with his presence on our way,
sheltered us when foes distressed us,
been our Shield, our Strength, our Stay:
henceforth be his banner o'er us
who so long has led aright;
be his holy cross before us,
all our hope and trust and might!
Hitherto our God has led us,
fixed on us his heart's desire;
with his glory overspread us,
sealed us his in cloud and fire;
all our needs has he supplied us,
bid our sin and woe be gone:
strong his hand to keep and guide us--
fearless let us follow on!
Hitherto he has not failed us,
God the Lord in whom we trust;
ever has his arm availed us--
backward have our foes been thrust!
Henceforth, on our God relying,
on we'll wage his war on wrong:
sing and death and hell defying,
raise we now Christ's triumph-song!