O God, our help in ages past (William Croft)
- Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2011-12-14). Score information: Letter, 1 page, 75 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Original key. This edition uses the original setting of the hymn tune "St. Anne", with the melody in the tenor, to be sung a cappella.
- Editor: Tim Blickhan (submitted 2009-11-25). Score information: Octavo, 13 pages, 313 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Arranged for SATB, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones and organ. This arrangement copyright © 1986 Charles Timothy Blickhan.
- Arranger: Tim Blickhan
- Editor: Arjen Bax (submitted 2013-05-04). Score information: A4, 1 page, 41 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Setting as found in the New English Hymnal #417. LilyPond source included.
First published: 1708
Description: William Croft's tune St. Anne's was first published in 1708, in the 6th edition of A Supplement to the New Version of Psalms, as a setting of 'As pants the hart for cooling streams' (Psalm 42 in the metrical New Version). It was widely re-used with a number of texts before being republished with 'O God, our help in ages past' (Isaac Watts' paraphrase of Psalm 90) in The Psalm and Hymn Tunes, used at St Johns Chapel, Bedford Row, a collection compiled by Theophania Cecil, who was the organist at St. John's Chapel and the daughter of Richard Cecil, who was the minister there. It is now frequently sung with this text. Hymn Tune Index tune number 664.
Original text and translations
Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 90.