Lenten Music Monday: All My Hope on God Is Founded

Next week will be the last Lenten Music Monday until next year. I thankfully had a choice for hymns this week based on the readings and I went with “All My Hope on God Is Founded”. The writer of the words, Joachim Neander, is one of my favorite hymn writers (and yes, I’m geeky enough to have a few) and the music is by one of my favorite British composers.

Here are the words:

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.
God unknown,
he alone
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:
splendor, 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.

Here is the choir of King’s College Cambridge singing it: