451. Dear Father, Lord of humankind

1 Dear Father, Lord of humankind,
forgive our foolish ways;
reclothe us in our rightful mind;
in purer lives thy service find,
in deeper reverence, praise.

2 In simple trust like theirs who heard,
beside the Syrian sea,
the gracious calling of the Lord,
let us, like them, without a word
rise up and follow thee.

3 O Sabbath rest by Galilee,
O calm of hills above,
where Jesus knelt to share with thee
the silence of eternity,
interpreted by love.

4 With that deep hush subduing all
our words and works that drown
the tender whisper of thy call,
as noiseless let thy blessing fall
as fell thy manna down.

5 Drop thy still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of thy peace.

6 Breathe through the heats of our desire
thy coolness and thy balm;
let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
speak through the earthquake, wind and fire,
O still small voice of calm.

Text Information
First Line: Dear Father, Lord of humankind
Title: Dear Father, Lord of humankind
Author: John Greenleaf Whittier, 1807-1892 (alt.)
Meter: 8 6 8 8 6
Language: English
Publication Date: 1997
Scripture: ; ; ; ;
Topic: Discipleship; God: Images (Father); Jesus Christ: Call of (5 more...)
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tune: REPTON (last line of each verse must be repeated)
Tune Information
Name: REST
Composer: Frederick Charles Maker, 1844-1927
Meter: 8 6 8 8 6
Key: D Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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