Hymn Lyrics : Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

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Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Lyrics ~ John G. Whittier, 1807-1892

Music ~ Frederick C. Maker, 1844-1927

Stanza 1:

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,

Forgive our fev'rish ways;

Reclothe us in our rightful mind,

In purer lives Thy service find,

In deeper rev'rence, praise.

Stanza 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.

Stanza 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!

Stanza 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.

Stanza 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.

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