516. Father Eternal, Ruler of Creation

1 Father eternal, Ruler of creation,
Spirit of life, which moved ere form was made,
Through the thick darkness covering every nation,
Light to man's blindness, O be Thou our aid:
Thy kingdom come, O Lord, Thy will be done.

2 Races and peoples, lo! we stand divided,
And sharing not our griefs, no joy can share;
By wars and tumults love is mocked, derided,
His conquering cross no kingdom wills to bear:
Thy kingdom come, O Lord, Thy will be done.

3 Envious of heart, blind-eyed, with tongues confounded,
Nation by nation still goes unforgiv'n,
In wrath and fear, by jealousies surrounded,
Building proud tow'rs which shall not reach to heav'n:
Thy kingdom come, O Lord, Thy will be done.

4 How shall we love Thee, holy, hidden Being,
If we love not the world which Thou hast made?
O give us brother-love for better seeing
Thy Word made flesh, and in a manger laid:
Thy kingdom come, O Lord, Thy will be done.

Text Information
First Line: Father eternal, Ruler of creation
Title: Father Eternal, Ruler of Creation
Author: Laurence Housman (1919)
Publication Date: 1974
Meter: 11 10 11 10 10
Scripture: Matthew 6:10
Topic: Citizenship; Memorial Day; National Righteousness
Copyright: Words from "Enlarged Songs of Praise" by permission of Oxford University Press.
Tune Information
Name: LANGHAM
Composer: Geoffrey Shaw (1921)
Meter: 11 10 11 10 10
Key: c minor or modal