4791. O Father, All Creating

1. O Father, all creating,
Whose wisdom, love, and power
First bound two lives together
In Eden’s primal hour,
Today to these Thy children
Thine earliest gifts renew,
A home by Thee made happy,
A love by Thee kept true.

2. O Savior, Guest most bounteous
Of old in Galilee,
Vouchsafe today Thy presence
With these who call on Thee;
Their store of earthly gladness
Transform to heavenly wine,
And teach them, in the tasting,
To know the gift is Thine.

3. O Spirit of the Father,
Breathe on them from above,
So mighty in Thy pureness,
So tender in Thy love;
That, guarded by Thy presence,
From sin and strife kept free,
Their lives may own Thy guidance,
Their hearts be ruled by Thee.

4. Except Thou build it, Father,
The house is built in vain;
Except Thou, Savior, bless it,
The joy will turn to pain;
But naught can break the union
Of hearts in Thee made one;
And love Thy Spirit hallows
Is endless love begun.

Text Information
First Line: O Father, all creating
Title: O Father, All Creating
Author: John Ellerton (1876)
Meter: 76.76 D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Ellerton wrote this hymn while Rector of Barnes, at the request of the Duke of Westminster, for the marriage of his daughter to the Marquis of Ormonde. Godfrey Thring published it four years later. Alternate tunes: GENESIS, George M. Garrett, 1889; WERDE MUNTER, Johann Schop, 1642
Tune Information
Name: AURELIA
Composer: Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1864)
Meter: 76.76 D
Incipit: 33343 32116 54345
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Selection of Psalms and Hymns, by C. Kemble, 1864
Copyright: Public Domain



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