Heavenly Father, send Thy blessing

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1. Heav'nly Father, send Thy blessing
On Thy children gathered here;
May they all, Thy Name confessing,
Be to Thee forever dear;
May they be like Joseph, loving,
Dutiful, and chaste, and pure;
And their faith, like David, proving,
Steadfast unto death endure.

2. Holy Savior, who in meekness
Didst vouch-safe a child to be,
Guide their steps and help their weakness,
Bless and make them like to Thee;
Bear Thy lambs, when they are weary,
In Thine arms, and at Thy breast;
Thro' life's desert, dry and dreary,
Bring them to Thy heav'nly rest.

3. Spread Thy golden pinions o'er them,
Holy Spirit, heav'nly Dove,
Guide them, lead them, go before them,
Give them peace, and joy, and love;
Thy true temples, Holy Spirit,
May they with Thy glory shine,
And immortal bliss inherit,
And forevermore be Thine.

Source: The New Christian Hymnal #372

Author: Christopher Wordsworth

Christopher Wordsworth--nephew of the great lake-poet, William Wordsworth--was born in 1807. He was educated at Winchester, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A., with high honours, in 1830; M.A. in 1833; D.D. in 1839. He was elected Fellow of his College in 1830, and public orator of the University in 1836; received Priest's Orders in 1835; head master of Harrow School in 1836; Canon of Westminster Abbey in 1844; Hulsean Lecturer at Cambridge in 1847-48; Vicar of Stanford-in-the-Vale, Berks, in 1850; Archdeacon of Westminster, in 1865; Bishop of Lincoln, in 1868. His writings are numerous, and some of them very valuable. Most of his works are in prose. His "Holy Year; or, Hymns for Sundays, Holidays, and other occ… Go to person page >

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First Line: Heavenly Father, send thy blessing
Title: Heavenly Father, send Thy blessing
Author: Christopher Wordsworth
Meter: D
Language: English



BETHANY, named after the village near Jerusalem, is a suitably dramatic tune for the song text. It was composed by Henry Smart (b. Marylebone, London, England, 1813; d. Hampstead, London, 1879), a capable composer of church music who wrote some very fine hymn tunes (REGENT SQUARE, 354, is the best-k…

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