Father, Here We Dedicate

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1 Father, let me dedicate
all this year to thee,
in whatever worldly state
thou wilt have me be:
not from sorrow, pain or care
freedom dare I claim;
this alone shall be my prayer:
glorify thy name.

2 Can a child presume to choose
where or how to live?
Can a father's love refuse
all the best to give?
More thou givest every day
than the best can claim,
not withholdest aught that may
glorify your name.

3 If in mercy you prolong
Joys that now are mine,
If on life serene and fair
Brighter rays may shine,
Let my glad heart, while it sings,
You in all proclaim
and, whate'er the future brings,
glorify thy name.

4 If thou callest to the cross,
and its shadow come,
turning all my gain to loss,
shrouding heart and home;
let me think how thy dear Son
to his glory came,
and in deepest woe pray on,
'glorify thy name.'

Source: CPWI Hymnal #94

Author: Lawrence Tuttiett

Laurence Tuttiett was born at Colyton, Devon, in 1825; was educated at Christ Hospital, and at King's College, London; ordained Deacon, 1848, Priest, 1849; entered upon the living of Lea Marston, Coleshill, 1854, and subsequently was appointed Curate of S. Paul's, Knightsbridge, London. He is the author of several volumes and tracts. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

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First Line: Father, here we dedicate
Title: Father, Here We Dedicate
Author: Lawrence Tuttiett (1864)
Meter: D
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Glorify Thy Name
Copyright: Public Domain


Father, let me dedicate. L. Tuttiett. [New Year.] A New Year's Hymn in 4 stanzas of 8 lines, which appeared in his Germs of Thought on the Sunday Special Services, 1864. It passed into the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Psalms & Hymns, 1869, The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868, and other collections. It is one of the best known of the author's compositions. Original text in Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1875, No. 74. An abbreviated form of this hymn, beginning with stanza i., line 2, altered "This new year to Thee," is found in some collections. In a few American hymn-books it begins, " Father, here we dedicate." This is also in some English collections, as W. G. Horder's Congregational Hymns, 1884, &c.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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