The Lord into His Father's Hands

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1 The Lord into His Father's hands
With dying prayer His soul commends,
Before then yields up the ghost.
He bows His head. Ye heav'nly host,
Shout praise! Such glory ne'er shall be,
As Jesus dying on the tree.

2 For everlasting death is slain--
O'ercome by Jesus' dying pain.
My death is precious in His sight:
O grave, where is thy sting, thy might?
Dark death is now the path to life,
Long gain beyond a moment's strife.

3 Lord, from Thy death I draw my life,
Gaze on Thy cross, with comfort rife;
O let Thy passion's mighty pow'r
Work in my bosom from this hour,
And crucify me, Lord, that I
To Thee may live, to sin may die.

4 Thou, Lord, didst bow Thy sacred head
When Thy great task was finished:
Thus token clear Thou giv'st to me
Thy death to hold in memory:
Yea, when I die, saved by Thy grace,
I shall behold Thee face to face.

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #390

Author: Halgrímur Pétursson

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Translator: Charles Venn Pilcher

Pilcher, Charles Venn. (Oxford, June 4, 1879--July 4, 1961, Sydney, Australia). Anglican. Grandnephew of Charlotte Elliott. Hertford College, Oxford, B.A., 1902; M.A., 1905; B.D., 1909; D.D., 1921. Curacies at Birmingham, 1903-1905; St. James, Toronto, 1910-1916; taught theology at Auckland Castle, England, 1905-1906, and at Wycliffe College, Toronto, 1916-1936. Elected coadjutor bishop of Sydney, Australia, at the instance of a former Wycliffe colleague, Archbishop Mowll. He composed hymn tunes and other music, and long played bass clarinet in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Also, he translated and published much devotional material from Iceland, notably Iceland Christian Classics (1950). These side interests, like his hymn writing, merely… Go to person page >

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First Line: The Lord into His Father's hands
Title: The Lord into His Father's Hands
Author: Halgrímur Pétursson
Translator: Charles Venn Pilcher
Language: English
Copyright: Translation © 1930, by permission of Augsburg Fortress



Martin Luther's versification of the Lord's Prayer was set to this tune in Valentin Schumann's hymnal, Geistliche Lieder (1539); the tune, whose composer remains unknown, had some earlier use. The tune name derives from Luther's German incipit: “Vater unser im Himmelreich….” Because VATER UNSE…

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