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Ever Faithful, Ever Sure

This hymn is based on Psalm 136, an antiphonal hymn, and follows the same form with the same phrase  closing each verse. In Psalm 136, each of the 26 verses end in the phrase “for His steadfast love endures forever.” This hymn, written by John Milton in 1645, ends each of its seven verses with the phrase “For His mercies shall endure, Ever faithful, ever sure.”

Let us, with a gladsome mind
Praise the Lord, for He is kind;
For His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

Let us sound His name abroad,
For of gods, He is the God:
For His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

He, with all-commanding might,
Fill’d the new-made world with light;
For His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

All things living He doth feed:
His full hand supplies their need:
For His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

He His chosen race did bless
In the wasteful wilderness:
For His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

He hath, with a piteous eye,
Look’d upon our misery:
For His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

Let us then, with gladsome mind,
Praise the Lord, for He is kind:
For His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.