139. Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

1 *Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways;
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives thy service find,
In deeper revrence, 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 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.

5 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.

*Creator of all humankind

Text Information
First Line: Dear Lord and Father of mankind
Title: Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Alterer: John Greenleaf Whittier
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: Discipleship; Eternity; God's voice (or call) (9 more...)
Source: The Atlantic Monthly, 1872
Tune Information
Name: REST
Composer: Frederick Charles Maker
Key: D Major
Source: Congregational Church Hymnal, 1887

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