Father And Canst Thou Me Receive?

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1 Father and canst Thou me receive,
So deep by sin defiled?
And canst Thou let the rebel live
And own Thy wandering child?

2 All sin, all rags, just as I am,
My Father, will I come,
All over guilt, I blush with shame,
And yet through Christ I come.

3 Thy choicest robe shall deck me well
Thy smile, my spirit cheer,
Bright angels loud my welcome tell,
Thy voice disperse my fear.

4 Oh wondrous grace! Oh love divine!
That lets the sinner live,
Father, receive me now as Thine,
And now Thy welcome give!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8568

Author: Christian H. Bateman

Bateman, Christian Henry, son of John Bateman, was born Aug. 9, 1813, at Wyke, near Halifax. After studying in the Moravian Church and exercising his ministry there for a time, he became, in 1843, minister of Richmond Place Congregational Church, Edinburgh. After 1846 he was successively Congregational minister at Hopton, in Yorkshire, and Beading, in Berkshire. On taking Holy Orders in the Church of England he became, 1869-71, curate of St. Luke's, Jersey, and Chaplain to the Forces; 1871-75, Vicar of All Saints, Childshill, Middlesex; 1877-84, curate of St. John's, Penymynydd, Hawarden. His hymns appeared mainly in:— The Sacred Song Book (Edin., Gall & Inglis, subsequently published as Sacred Melodies for Children; and as 200 Sacred Me… Go to person page >

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First Line: Father and canst Thou me receive
Title: Father And Canst Thou Me Receive?
Author: Christian H. Bateman
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Tune

BANGOR (Tansur)

Traditionally used for Montgomery's text and for Peter Abelard's "Alone Thou Goest Forth, O Lord," BANGOR comes from William Tans'ur's A Compleat Melody: or the Harmony of Syon (the preface of which is dated 1734). In that collection the tune was a three-part setting for Psalm 12 (and for Psalm 11 i…

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