169. Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

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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 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 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!

Text Information
First Line: Dear Lord and Father of mankind
Title: Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Author: John Greenleaf Whittier (1872)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 8.6.8.8.6
Scripture: 1 Kings 9:1-13; 1 Kings 19:11-12; Isaiah 26:3; Isaiah 30:15; Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20; Mark 2:14; Mark 5:15; Luke 5:11; Luke 6:12; Ephesians 4:6; 2 Timothy 1:9; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 John 1:9
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Language: English
Notes: *Or “Dear Lord, Creator good and kind” (first line)
Tune Information
Name: REST
Composer: Frederick Charles Maker (1887)
Meter: 8.6.8.8.6
Key: D Major
Notes: (alternate tune: REPTON)


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These stanzas were carved into a hymn from a much longer poem describing a frenzied ritual by an obscure sect in India, but they culminate in a reference to 1 Kings 19:11–12 that celebrates silence (as befits a Quaker poet). This tune was created especially for these words.


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