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139. Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

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

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.

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

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.

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.

*Creator of all humankind

Text Information
First Line: Dear Lord and Father of mankind
Title: Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Alterer: John Greenleaf Whittier
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: Discipleship; Eternity; God's voice (or call) (9 more...)
Source: The Atlantic Monthly, 1872
Tune Information
Name: REST
Composer: Frederick Charles Maker
Key: D Major
Source: Congregational Church Hymnal, 1887

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