Hymnary.org will be unavailable January 30th, 6:00 to 9:00 PM EST for system maintenance. Thank you for your patience. Hide this message

506. Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

1 Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our fev'rish ways;
Reclothe us in our rightful mind;
In purer lives thy service find,
In deeper rev'rence, praise.

2 In simple trust like theirs who heard,
Beside the Syrian sea,
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word
Rise up and follow thee.

3 Oh, Sabbath rest by Galilee,
Oh, calm of hills above;
Where Jesus knelt to share with thee
The silence of eternity,
Interpreted by love!

4 Drop thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of thy peace.

5 Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still small voice of calm!

Text Information
First Line: Dear Lord and Father of mankind
Title: Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Author: John G. Whittier, 1807-1892
Meter: 8 6 8 8 6
Language: English
Publication Date: 1978
Topic: Commitment; Inner Life
Tune Information
Name: REST
Composer: Frederick C. Maker, 1844-1927
Meter: 8 6 8 8 6
Key: D Major
Copyright: © The Psalms and Hymns Trust
Notes: Now Public Domain

More media are available on the text authority and tune authority pages.

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us


It looks like you are using an ad-blocker. Ad revenue helps keep us running. Please consider white-listing Hymnary.org or subscribing to eliminate ads entirely and help support Hymnary.org.