Hymn by Robert Bridges (1844-1930), usually sung to the tune Michael, by Herbert Howells. Another tune is 'Meine Hoffnung', later form of a melody from Joachim Neander's 'Alpha und Omega' (1680). The work is said to be based on the German of Joachim Neander (1650-1680): 'Meine Hoffnung stehet feste'. Verse two is chillingly apt at the moment (September-October 2001).
All my hope on God is founded;
He doth still my trust renew,
Me through change and chance he guideth,
Only good and only true.
Calls my heart to be his own.
Pride of man and earthly glory,
Sword and crown betray his trust;
what with care and toil he buildeth,
Tower and temple fall to dust.
But God's power,
hour by hour,
Is my temple and my tower.
God's great goodness aye endureth,
Deep his wisdom, passing thought:
Splendour, light and life attend him,
Beauty springeth out of naught.
From his store
Newborn worlds rise and adore.
Daily doth the Almighty Giver
Bounteous gifts on us bestow;
His desire our soul delighteth,
Pleasure leads us where we go.
Love doth stand
At his hand;
Joy doth wait on his command.
Still from man to God eternal
Sacrifice of praise be done,
High above all praises praising
For the gift of Christ, his Son.
Christ doth call
One and all:
Ye who follow shall not fall.
Thanks to a scar faery
for her help.