Father, hear the prayer we offer

Father, hear the prayer we offer! Not for ease that prayer shall be

Author: Love M. Whitcomb Willis
Published in 195 hymnals

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1 Father, hear the prayer we offer:
not for ease that prayer shall be,
but for strength that we may ever
live our lives courageously.

2 Not for ever in green pastures
do we ask our way to be;
but the steep and rugged pathway
may we tread rejoicingly.

3 Not for ever by still waters
would we idly rest and stay;
but would smite the living fountains
from the rocks along our way.

4 Be our strength in hours of weakness,
in our wanderings be our guide;
through endeavour, failure, danger,
Father, be thou at our side.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #629a

Author: Love M. Whitcomb Willis

Willis, Love Maria, née Whitcomb, b. June 9, 1824, at Hancock, N.H., and married in 1858, to Frederick L. H. Willis, M.D. She lived for many years at Rochester, N.Y., and now (1907) resides at Glenora, on Seneca Lake, N.Y. Her hymn:— Father, hear the prayer I offer [Aspiration] appeared in Tiffany's Monthly, 1859. In Longfellow & Johnson's Hymns of the Spirit, 1864, No. 558, it was given in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, as "Father, hear the prayer we offer," and as "Anon." The text was in great measure rewritten, probably by S. Longfellow. This 1864 text has come into somewhat extensive use in England and America, the latest to adopt it being The English Hymnal, 1906. For these facts we are mainly indebted to the Rev. W.C. Gannett, Rochester… Go to person page >

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Father, hear the prayer we offer. [Prayer.] Given anonymously in J. S. Adams's Psalms of Life, 1857, No. 285, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines; in Longfellow and Johnson's Unitarian Hymns of the Spirit, Boston, U.S., 1864, No. 558, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines; in the Songs for the Sanctuary, N. Y., 1865; Laudes Domini, 1884, and others; and, with an additional stanza, in W. G. Horder's Congregational Hymns, Lond., 1884.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #629aText
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #629bText
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #692cText
Church Family Worship #85
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #645
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #255TextPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #416a
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #416b
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #164
Complete Mission Praise #132
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #113
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #436a
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #436b
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #360aText
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #360bText
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #360cText
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #169a
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #169b
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #120
Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #237
Singing the Faith #518
Small Church Music #2971Audio
The Book of Hymns (A fresh anthology of favourite hymns) #5
The Cyber Hymnal #1467TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #357Page Scan
Include 170 pre-1979 instances



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