Father of men, thy care we blessAuthor: Philip Doddridge
Published in 91 hymnals
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1 Father of all, Thy care we bless,
Which crowns our families with peace:
From Thee they spring; and by Thy hand
They are and shall be still sustained.
2 To God, most worthy to be praised,
Be our domestic altars raised;
Who, Lord of heav'n, yet deigns to come
And sanctify our humblest home.
3 To Thee may each united house
Morning and night present its vows;
Our children these, the rising race,
Be taught Thy precepts and Thy grace.
4 So may each future age proclaim
The honors of Thy glorious Name,
And each succeeding race remove
To join the family above.
Source: The Hymnal and Order of Service #532
Father of [man] men, Thy care we bless. P. Doddridge. [Family Worship.] Appeared in J. Orton's posthumous edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 2, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "God's gracious approbation of a religious care of our families." In J. D. Humphreys's edition of the Hymns, printed from the original manuscript in 1839, a considerable difference is found in the hymns, showing that Orton took more than usual liberties with Doddridge's text. The first stanza reads:—
"Father of men, Thy care we trace,
That crowns with love our infant race;
From Thee they sprung, and by Thy power
Are still sustain'd through every hour."
The text followed by the compilers of hymn-books from Ash & Evans in their Bristol Baptist Collection, 1769, to the New Congregational Hymn Book, 1859-69, was that of Orton, 1755: often altered as in Ash & Evans's Collection to "Father of all, Thy care we bless." This latter is the more popular reading of the two. The Methodist New Connexion Hymns, &c, 1835-60, has it as "Father of man, Thy care we bless."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 2 of 2)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|The Cyber Hymnal #1424||Father of All, Thy Care We Bless||Father of all, Thy care we bless||MARYTON||Philip Doddridge, 1702-1751||LM||Published posthumously in <cite>Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures</cite>, by Job Orton (J. Eddowes and J. Cotton, 1755), alt|
|The Cyber Hymnal #9989||Father Of Men, Thy Care We Bless||Father of men, Thy care we bless||MARYTON||Philip Doddridge, 1702-1751||LM||Published posthumously in <cite>Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures</cite>, by Job Orton (J. Eddowes and J. Cotton, 1755)|