4796. O Father, Bless the Children

1. O Father, bless the children
Brought hither to Thy gate;
Lift up their fallen nature,
Restore their lost estate;
Renew Thine image in them,
And own them, by this sign,
The very sons and daughters
New born of birth divine.

2. O Jesu, Lord, receive them;
Thy loving arms of old
Were opened wide to welcome
The children to Thy fold;
Let these, baptized, and dying,
Then rising from the dead,
Henceforth be living members
Of Thee, their living head.

3. O Holy, Spirit, keep them;
Dwell with them to the last,
Till all the fight is ended,
And all the storms are past.
Renew the gift baptismal,
From strength to strength, till each
The troublous waves o’ercoming,
The land of life shall reach.

4. O Father, Son, and Spirit,
O wisdom, love, and power,
We wait the promised blessing
In this accepted hour!
We name upon the children
The threefold name divine;
Receive them, cleanse them, own them,
And keep them ever Thine.

Text Information
First Line: O Father, bless the children
Title: O Father, Bless the Children
Author: John Ellerton (1886)
Meter: 76.76 D
Language: English
Source: Written at White Roding and published in his Hymns, 1888
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Name: ST. KENELM
Composer: Charles H. Steggall (1875)
Meter: 76.76 D
Incipit: 11765 32323 56651
Key: D Major
Source: Hymns for the Church of England, 1875
Copyright: Public Domain



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