All my Hope on God is Founded

This hopeful hymn about trusting in God is based on the German hymn, Meine Hoffnung stehet feste, written by Joachim Neander.

It was translated by English medical doctor, poet and hymnal-editor Robert Bridges (1844-1930).

With meter 8.7.8.7.3.3.7, tunes it is set to include:
  • MICHAEL (orginally called A Hymn Tune for Charterhouse, and sometimes NEANDER) by Herbert Howells (1930, 1977) - the most commonly used tune for the hymn today
  • MEINE HOFFNUNG, by Joachim Neander - the tune used with the original German-language hymn



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Examples


Massed choir with organ and brass:



Large choir with organ:




Choir with organ - tune MICHAEL



Instrumental - organ. Tune MICHAEL:



Instrumental - piano:


Lyrics


Traditional language

1 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.

2 Human pride 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.

3 God's great goodness aye endureth,
deep his wisdom, passing thought:
splendour, light, and life attend him,
beauty springeth out of naught.
Evermore from his store
new-born worlds rise and adore.

4 Daily doth th' 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.

5 Still from earth 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.


Modern English

All my hope on God is founded;
God does still my trust renew.
On through change and chance God guides me,
only good and only true.
God unknown, he alone
calls my heart to be his own.

2 Human pride and earthly glory,
sword and crown betray his trust;
what with care and toil he does build,
tower and temple, fall to dust.
But God's power, hour by hour,
is my temple and my tower.

3 God's great goodness so endures,
deep in wisdom, passing thought:
splendour, light, and life attend him,
beauty springing out of naught.
Evermore from God's store
new-born worlds rise and adore.

4 Daily does th' Almighty giver
bounteous gifts on us bestow;
his desire our souls delight,
pleasure leads us where we go.
Love does stand at his hand;
joy does wait on his command.

5 Still from earth to God eternal
sacrifice of praise be done,
high above all praises praising
for the gift of Christ his Son.
Christ does call one and all:
They who follow shall not fall.


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