Father of lights we sing thy name

Father of lights we sing thy name

Author: Philip Doddridge
Published in 49 hymnals

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1 Father of lights! we sing thy name,
Who kindlest up the lamp of day:
Wide as he spreads his golden flame,
His beams thy pow'r and love display.

2 Fountain of good! from thee proceed
The copious drops of genial rain,
Which, o'er the hill and through the mead,
Revive the grass and swell the grain.

3 Through the wide world thy bounties spread,
Yet millions of our guilty race,
Though by thy daily bounty fed,
Affront thy law, and spurn thy grace.

4 Not so may our forgetful hearts
O'er look the tokens of thy care;
But, what thy lib'ral hand imparts,
Still own in praise, still ask in pray'r.

5 So shall our suns more grateful shine,
And showers in sweeter drops shall fall,
When all our hearts and lives are thine,
And thou, O God, enjoy'd in all.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #438

Author: Philip Doddridge

Doddridge, Philip, D.D., was born in London, June 26, 1702. His grandfather was one of the ministers under the Commonwealth, who were ejected in 1662. His father was a London oilman. He was offered by the Duchess of Bedford an University training for ordination in the Church of England, but declined it. He entered Mr. Jennings's non-conformist seminary at Kibworth instead; preached his first sermon at Hinckley, to which Mr. Jennings had removed his academy. In 1723 he was chosen pastor at Kibworth. In 1725 he changed his residence to Market Harborough, still ministering at Kibworth. The settled work of his life as a preceptor and divine began in 1729, with his appointment to the Castle Hill Meeting at Northampton, and continued till in the… Go to person page >

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First Line: Father of lights we sing thy name
Author: Philip Doddridge

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Father of lights, we sing Thy Name. P. Doddridge. [Ps. lxxxiv.] This hymn is No. xlvi. in the D. MSS. in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "Providential Bounties Surveyed and Improved, St. Matt. v. 45." A slightly different text was given by Job Orton in his posthumous edition of Doddridge's Hymns, 1755, No. 176, and the text in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the Hymns, &c, 1839, No. 197, differs in a few words from both. The 1755 text is that in common use sometimes in an altered form. The hymn is given in most of the American Unitarian collections.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches, to which are added prayers for families and individuals (New and Enl. Stereotype Ed.) #531Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #438TextPage Scan
A Collection of Hymns, for the Christian Church and Home #74Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship #139Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (10th ed.) #139Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (6th ed.) #139Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (3rd ed.) #139Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #139Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #139Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Social and Private Worship #LXXXVIIPage Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #165Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the use of Universalist Societies and Families (13th ed.) #494Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Universalist Societies and Families 16ed. #494Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #25Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship (Rev. ed. with supplement) #25Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: from Watts, Doddridge, and others (4th ed. with an appendix) #148Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (2nd ed. Enl. and Imp.) #59Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (6th ed.) #60Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Psalms, for Social and Private Worship. (11th ed.) #60Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Psalms: for social and private worship (3rd ed. corr.) #59Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns for Worship (2nd ed.) #51Page Scan
A Selection of Psalms and Hymns, Embracing all the Varieties of Subjects #H34Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele, and others (2nd ed.) #148Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns, from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele ...compiled for the use of the Unitarian Church in Philadelphia #148Page Scan
Additional Hymns to the Collection of Hymns for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches #531Page Scan
Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #180Page Scan
Christian Hymns: adapted to the worship of God our Saviour in public and private devotion, compiled from the most approved ancient and modern authors, for the Central Universalist Society... #146Page Scan
Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #221Page Scan
Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #175Page Scan
Hymn Book for Christian Worship #150Page Scan
Hymns for Family Worship with Prayers for Every Day in the Week, Selected from Various Authors #21Page Scan
Hymns for Family Worship, with Prayers for Every Day in the Week (2nd ed.) #21Page Scan
Hymns for Public Worship #258Page Scan
Hymns for the Christian Church, for the Use of the First Church of Christ in Boston #43Page Scan
Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #194Page Scan
Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #194Page Scan
Hymns for the Sanctuary #140Page Scan
Hymns of the Spirit #303Page Scan
Hymns, Selected from the Most Approved Authors, for the use of Trinity Church, Boston #61Page Scan
National Hymn and Tune Book: for congregations, schools and the home #52Page Scan
Sacred Poetry and Music Reconciled; or a Collection of Hymns, Original and Compiled #207Page Scan
Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns, adapted to Christian devotion, in public and private, selected from the best authors, with variations and additions #H.LXIXPage Scan
Services for Congregational Worship #51Page Scan
The Christian Psalmist: being a collection of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs compiled from the most approved authors, and designed as a standard hymn book for public and social worship #40Page Scan
The Harp #926Page Scan
The Philadelphia Hymn Book; or, a selection of sacred poetry, consisting of psalms and hymns from Watts...and others, adapted to public and private devotion #148Page Scan
The Psalmody: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #155Page Scan
The Springfield Collection of Hymns for Sacred Worship #302Page Scan
The Universalist Hymn-Book: a new collection of psalms and hymns, for the use of Universalist Societies (Stereotype ed.) #205Page Scan



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