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608. Dear God, Who Loves All Humankind

1 Dear God, who loves all humankind,
forgive our foolish ways;
reclothe us in our rightful mind;
in purer lives thy service find,
in deeper reverence, 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 O sabbath rest by Galilee!
O 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 God, who loves all humankind
Title: Dear God, Who Loves All Humankind
Author: John Greenleaf Whittier (1872, alt.)
Meter: 8 6 8 8 6
Language: English
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: Church in the World: Renewal: Healing; Calling and Response; Calmness and Serenity (26 more...)
Notes: Alt tune: REPTON
Tune Information
Name: REST
Composer: Frederick Charles Maker (1887)
Meter: 8 6 8 8 6
Key: D Major



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