O Father, May Thy Word Prevail

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1 O Father, may Thy Word prevail
Against the gates of hell!
Behold the vineyard Thou hast tilled
With thorns and thistles filled.
'Tis true, Thy plants are there;
But, ah, how weak and rare!
How slight the pow'r in evidence
Of Word and Sacraments!

2 Come, Jesus, come and contemplate
Thy vineyard's sad estate;
Baptized are millions in Thy name,
But where is faith's pure flame?
Of what avail that we
Know of Thine agony
So long as we do not o'erthrow
In faith the wicked foe?

3 O Holy Ghost, to Thee, our light,
We cry by day, by night:
Come, grant us of the light and pow'r
Our fathers had of yore;
When Thy dear Church did stand
A tree, deep-rooted, grand;
Full-crowned with blossoms white as snow,
With purple fruits aglow!

Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #215

Author: Hans Adolf Brorson

Hans Adolph Brorson (June 20, 1694, Randerup – June 3, 1764, Ribe) was a Danish Pietist bishop and hymn writer. Brorson belonged to a clerical family, both of this brothers were energetic and successful Pietist vicars. He began publishing hymns in 1732 while a pastor in southern Jutland. His most important work was Troens rare klenodie (1739; "The Rare Jewel of the Faith"), which contained many translations of German Pietist hymns and 82 original pieces and went though seven editions in Brorson's lifetime. He was elected bishop of Ribe in 1741, where he remained for the rest of his life. His outward social success as a clerical administrator was contrasted by private sorrows (an insane son, the early death of his first wife) but he res… Go to person page >

Translator: George Taylor Rygh

Rygh, George A. Taylor, 1860-1942; educator and minister; b. Chicago, Ill.; educ. Iowa; taught at St. Olaf Coll.; lived in Northfield and Minneapolis) http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n88084019 Go to person page >

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First Line: O Father, may Thy Word prevail
Title: O Father, May Thy Word Prevail
Norwegian/Scandinavian Title: Ak, Fader, lad dit Ord din Aand
Author: Hans Adolf Brorson
Translator: George Taylor Rygh
Language: English



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