Father, Most Holy, Merciful and Tender

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1 Father most holy, merciful, and tender;
Jesus, our Savior, with the Father reigning;
Spirit of comfort, Advocate, Defender,
Light never waning;

2 Trinity sacred, Unity unshaken;
Deity perfect, giving and forgiving;
Light of the angels, Light of the forsaken;
Hope of all living;

3 Maker of all things, all Your creatures praise You;
All for Your worship were and are created.
Hear us, Almighty, hear us as we give You
Our adoration.

4 To the all-ruling triune God be glory,
Highest and greatest, over all exalted;
We, too, would praise You, giving honor to You
Now and forever.

Source: Worship Supplement 2000 #746

Translator: Percy Dearmer

Dearmer, Percy, M.A., son of Thomas Dearmer, was born in London, Feb. 27, 1867, and educated at Westminster School and at Christ Church, Oxford (B.A. 1890, M.A. 1896). He was ordained D. 1891, P. 1892, and has been since 1901 Vicar of S. Mary the Virgin, Primrose Hill, London. He has been Secretary of the London Branch of the Christian Social Union since 1891, and is the author of The Parson's Handbook, 1st edition, 1899, and other works. He was one of the compilers of the English Hymnal, 1906, acting as Secretary and Editor, and contributed to it ten translations (38, 95, 150, 160, 165, 180, 215, 237, 352, 628) and portions of two others (242, 329), with the following originals:— 1. A brighter dawn is breaking. Easter. Suggested by… Go to person page >

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First Line: Father most holy, merciful, and tender
Title: Father, Most Holy, Merciful and Tender
Latin Title: O Pater sancte
Translator: Percy Dearmer
Source: Latin, c. 900
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain




Partially based on earlier melodies (including the Genevan tune for Psalm 23), HERZ LIEBSTER JESU was composed by Johann Crüger (PHH 42) and published in his Neues vollkömliches Gesangbuch (1640). Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) used the tune in both his St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion, and variou…

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