269. Heavenly Father, may Your blessing

1 Heavenly Father, may Your blessing
rest upon Your children now,
when in praise Your name they hallow,
when in prayer to You they bow:
in the wondrous story reading
of the Lord of truth and grace,
may they see Your love reflected
in the light of His dear face.

2 May they learn from this great story
all the arts of friendliness;
truthful speech and honest action,
courage, patience, steadfastness;
how to master self and temper,
how to make their conduct fair;
when to speak and when be silent,
when to do and when forbear.

3 May His Spirit wise and holy
with His gifts their spirits bless,
make them loving, joyous, peaceful,
rich in goodness, gentleness,
strong in self-control, and faithful,
kind in thought and deed; for He
teaches, 'What you do for others
you are doing unto me.'

Text Information
First Line: Heavenly Father, may Your blessing
Author: William Charter Piggott, 1872-1943
Meter: 87 87 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2004
Topic: The Temple: Bible
Copyright: By permission of Oxford University Press
Notes: Now Public Domain
Tune Information
Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958
Meter: 87 87 D
Key: F Major
Source: Plymouth Collection USA, 1855; Arr.: English Hymnal, 1906
Copyright: Arr. by permission of Oxford University Press

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