HAST thou not known, hast thou not heard,
   That firm remains on high
The everlasting throne of Him
    Who formed the earth and sky?
2  Art thou afraid His power shall fail
    When comes thy evil day?
And can an all-creating arm
    Grow weary or decay?
3  Supreme in wisdom as in power
    The Rock of Ages stands;
Though Him thou canst not see, nor trace
    The working of His hands.
4  He gives the conquest to the weak,
    Supports the fainting heart;
And courage in the evil hour
    From Heaven He doth impart.
5  Mere human power shall fast decay,
    And youthful vigour cease;
But they who wait upon the Lord
    In strength shall still increase.
6  They with unwearied feet shall tread
    The path of life divine,
With growing ardour onward move,
    With growing brightness shine.
Isaac Watts, 1674-1748,
in Scottish Paraphrases, 1781