How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
“Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.”
“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.”
“When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.”
“E’en down to old age all My people shall prove
My sovereign, eternal, unchangeable love;
And then, when grey hairs shall their temples adorn,
Like lambs they shall still in My bosom be borne.”
“The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no, never, no, never forsake!”

Beltsville, MD, United States

Someone suggested singing the first phrase of the final line three times, and that's clever and intriguing, and it works, but if singing with a group it might be easier to just repeat the final line of each stanza (see piano or guitar lead sheet).

I find that when singing a hymn to a different tune than is customary, or just in a new way (like repeating a phrase three times instead of repeating an entire line), often new appreciation is gained for otherwise familiar lyrics. :)

Henrich Brockhaus

Bellingham, WA, United States

I just found the other tune: "How Firm a Foundation - YouTube" sung by a men's choir. It also shows the text.


I liked the original music better.

Jim Heimbach

Hidden Valley Lake, CA, United States

Apparently this tune (O Come All Ye Faithul) was the original according to the information related to the song. It certainly fits the words. In order for it to work you need to repeat the first phrase of the last line of each verse three times.

Stephanie Archey

Columbia, KY, United States

This tune is "All come all ye faithful".