1 Father, hear the prayer we offer:
not for ease that prayer shall be,
but for strength that we may ever
live our lives courageously.
2 Not for ever in green pastures
do we ask our way to be;
but the steep and rugged pathway
may we tread rejoicingly.
3 Not for ever by still waters
would we idly rest and stay;
but would smite the living fountains
from the rocks along our way.
4 Be our strength in hours of weakness,
in our wanderings be our guide;
through endeavour, failure, danger,
Father, be thou at our side.
Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #629a
|First Line:||Father, hear the prayer we offer! Not for ease that prayer shall be|
|Title:||Father, hear the prayer we offer|
|Author:||Love M. Whitcomb Willis|
Father, hear the prayer we offer. [Prayer.] Given anonymously in J. S. Adams's Psalms of Life, 1857, No. 285, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines; in Longfellow and Johnson's Unitarian Hymns of the Spirit, Boston, U.S., 1864, No. 558, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines; in the Songs for the Sanctuary, N. Y., 1865; Laudes Domini, 1884, and others; and, with an additional stanza, in W. G. Horder's Congregational Hymns, Lond., 1884.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)