The company joined the singing of the following hymn composed by Mr Alfred Bicknell
Tune- OLD HUNDRED.
God of our fathers, 'twas Thy hand,
That o'er the seas to this broad land
Thy children led, - who reared the dome
Of this, our first New England home.
Thy hand was o'er them, when Thy foes
Around their early altars rose:
Faith in Thy goodness and Thy power
Kept their hearts strong each trying hour.
Unchanged, Thy hand is still our guide,
As we on Life's mysterious tide
Approach that bound in mercy given-
The eve of Life, the morn of Heaven.
To Thee, O God, our praise we give;
In Thee, and only Thee, we live,
Past, present, future, still the same,
While worlds unnumbered bless Thy name.
On us may grace and peace descend,
Faith never fail, love never end !
And take us, when this life is o'er,
Father, to Thee, for evermore.