1602. Father of Spirits, Whose Divine Control

1. Father of spirits, whose divine control
Doth bind the soul and body into one;
Thou wilt restore this body now undone;
For once it was the mansion of a soul,
Where dwelt the glowing wisdom of Thy Son.

2. Thou, Maker of the body, dost ordain
That this Thine image, molded by Thy will,
Our every hope in glory shall fulfill;
So, till the body Thou dost build again,
Thou wilt preserve the spirit freed from ill.

3. In that blest region shall this spirit dwell
Where flowers undying bloom on every side:
For lo, we trust Thy Word, O Crucified,
When in Thy triumph over death and hell,
The thief forgiven took Thee for his Guide.

4. Our brother goeth by the shining way,
That ever to the faithful open lies:
Lord, train Thy servant now in Paradise,
And bless him in his fatherland, we pray,
Till Thou shalt bid his body to arise.

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4. Our sister goeth by the shining way,
That ever to the faithful open lies:
Lord, train Thy servant now in Paradise,
And bless her in her fatherland, we pray,
Till Thou shalt bid her body to arise.

Text Information
First Line: Father of spirits, whose divine control
Title: Father of Spirits, Whose Divine Control
Latin Title: Deus ignee fons animarum
Author: Aurelius Prudentius
Translator (from Latin): Percy Dearmer
Meter: 10.10.10.10.10
Source: Liber Cathemerinon, 4th Century; Translation: The English Hymnal (London: Oxford University Press, 1906), number 352
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Name: OLD 124TH
Composer: Anonymous
Meter: 10.10.10.10.10
Incipit: 12343 21171 34565
Key: F Major
Copyright: Public Domain



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