1 Almighty Father, gracious Lord,
Kind guardian of my days,
Thy mercies let my heart record
In songs of grateful praise.
2 In life's first dawn, my tender frame
Was thy indulgent care,
Long ere I could pronounce thy name,
Or breathe the infant prayer.
3 Each rolling year new favors brought
From thy exhaustless store;
But, ah! in vain my laboring thought
Would count thy mercies o'er.
4 While sweet reflection, through my day,
Thy bounteous hand would trace,
Still dearer blessings claim thy praise,
The blessings of thy grace.
5 Yes, I adore thee, gracious Lord!
For favors more divine;
That I have known thy sacred word,
Where all thy glories shine.
6 Lord, when this mortal frame decays,
And every weakness dies,
Complete the wonders of thy grace,
And raise me to the skies.
Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #411
|First Line:||Almighty Father, gracious Lord|
|Title:||Praise for the Blessings of Providence and Grace|
Almighty Father, gracious Lord. Anne Steele. [Providence and Grace.] "Praise to God for the Blessings of Providence and Grace,” is the title of this hymn in 16 stanzas of 4 lines in her Poems, &c, 1760, and 2nd edition 1780. A cento therefrom in Dr. Alexander's Augustine Hymn Book, 1849-65, is composed of st. i., ii., vii.-ix., xv., and xvi. It is also found in some American collections. Another arrangement of stanzas beginning with the first stanza was included in Cotterill's Selection 1810. Of this, stanza iii., 11. 5-8, is altered from Cowper.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)