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For the Strength of the Hills
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For the Strength of the Hills

Energetically

1. For the strength of the hills we bless thee,

Our God, our fathers’ God;

Thou hast made thy children mighty

By the touch of the mountain sod.

Thou hast led thy chosen Israel

To freedom’s last abode;

[Chorus]

For the strength of the hills we bless thee,

Our God, our fathers’ God.

2. At the hands of foul oppressors

We’ve borne and suffered long;

Thou hast been our help in weakness,

And thy pow’r hath made us strong.

Amid ruthless foes outnumbered

In weariness we trod;

[Chorus]

For the strength of the hills we bless thee,

Our God, our fathers’ God.

3. Thou hast led us here in safety

Where the mountain bulwark stands

As the guardian of the loved ones

Thou hast brought from many lands.

For the rock and for the river,

The valley’s fertile sod,

[Chorus]

For the strength of the hills we bless thee,

Our God, our fathers’ God.

4. We are watchers of a beacon

Whose light must never die;

We are guardians of an altar

’Midst the silence of the sky.

Here the rocks yield founts of courage,

Struck forth as by thy rod;

[Chorus]

For the strength of the hills we bless thee,

Our God, our fathers’ God.

Text: Felicia D. Hemans, 1793–1835; adapted by Edward L. Sloan, 1830–1874

Music: Evan Stephens, 1854–1930

Psalm 95:1–7