544. O Father, All-Creating

1 O Father, all-creating,
Whose wisdom, love, and pow'r
First bound two lives together
In Eden's primal hour,
To these who come before you,
Your earliest gifts renew:
A home by you made happy,
A love by you kept true.

2 O Savior, guest in Cana
Of old in Galilee,
May these who ask your blessing
Your loving presence see.
Their store of earthly gladness
Transform to heav'nly wine,
And teach them, in the testing,
To know your gift divine.

3 O Spirit of the Father,
Breathe on them from above,
So mighty in your pureness,
So tender in your love;
That, guarded by your presence,
From sin and strife kept free,
Their hearts may seek your guidance,
And love you faithfully.

4 Unless you build it, Father,
The house is built in vain;
Unless you bless it, Savior,
The joy will turn to pain;
But none can break the union
Of hearts in you made one;
The love your Spirit blesses
Is endless love begun.

Text Information
First Line: O Father, all-creating
Title: O Father, All-Creating
Author: John Ellerton, 1826-1893 (alt.)
Meter: 76 76 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2012
Topic: Joy; Love for Others; Love of God for Us (2 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: Samuel S. Wesley, 1810-1876
Meter: 76 76 D
Key: D Major

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