It is unknown who wrote the text of this hymn. It first appeared in a 1787 collection titled A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors, compiled by pastor John Rippon. “Keen” stands for Robert Keene, who was a friend of Rippon’s. It is associated with Keene but unknown if he wrote or simply aided in collecting this hymn for print.
FIRM FOUNDATION, Bernhard Schumacher, 1931
Based on Isaiah 43:1-7
The Lutheran Hymnal #427
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