God the Father, God the Word

God the Father, God the Word

Author: Richard Frederick Littledale
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1. God the Father, God the Word,
God the Holy Ghost adored:
Spare us, holy Trinity.

2. Spotless Lamb of God most high,
Manna coming from the sky:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

3. Very Man and Word divine,
Hidden under bread and wine:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

4. Purest Victim, stainless Priest,
Thou the Host, and Thou the Feast:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

5. Bread of life, the angels’ food,
Cup of blessing, precious blood:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

6. Off’ring of most perfect might,
Bond, Thy faithful to unite:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

7. From the tempting lures of sin,
From all pride and lusts within:
Keep us, holy Jesus.

8. From all unbelief in Thee,
Veiled in this great mystery:
Keep us, holy Jesus.

9. By Thy sitting down to meat,
That last Passover to eat:
Keep us, holy Jesus.

10. Through the dread and holy rite,
Founded on that awful night:
Keep us, holy Jesus.

11. Through Thy presence with us here,
When we draw Thine altar near:
Keep us, holy Jesus.

12. Help us, guide us, make us pure,
Give us blessings which endure:
Save us, holy Jesus.

13. Lead Thy pilgrims on their way,
Shine on us, unending Day:
Keep us, holy Jesus.

14. When we draw our latest breath,
Feed us at the time of death:
Keep us, holy Jesus.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #1916

Author: Richard Frederick Littledale

Littledale, Richard Frederick, LL.D., D.C.L., son of John Richard Littledale, merchant, was born at Dublin on the 14th of Sept, 1833, and was educated at Bective House Seminary, and Trinity College, Dublin. His University course was distinguished. In 1852 he became a University Scholar; in 1854 he was first class in Classics and gold medallist; in 1856 he won the Berkeley gold medal (for Greek), and other honours. He graduated B.A., 1855, M.A., 1858, LL.D., 1862, and D.C.L. at Oxford, 1862. Taking Holy Orders in 1856, he was Curate of St. Matthew's, in Thorpe Hamlet, Norwich, from 1856 to 1857, and of St. Mary the Virgin, Soho, London, from 1857 to 1861. Through ill-health he retired from parochial work in 1861, and devoted himself to liter… Go to person page >

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First Line: God the Father, God the Word
Author: Richard Frederick Littledale


God the Father, God the Word. This Metrical Litany, in The English Hymnal, 1906, No. 653, is taken from Dr. Littledale's "Litany of the Blessed Sacrament,” in The People's Hymnal, 1867, No. 598. It is abbreviated; the petitions are rearranged, and the refrain is altered, but in all other respects it is the same Litany. [Rev.James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



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