May We Be One

Father of all, from [over] land and sea

Author: Christopher Wordsworth (1871)
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1 Father of all, from land and sea
The nations sing, "Thine, Lord, are we;
Countless in number, but in Thee
May we be one."

2 O Son of God, whose love so free
For men did make Thee Man to be,
United to our God in Thee
May we be one.

3 Join high with low, join young with old,
In love that never waxes cold;
Under one Shepherd, in one fold,
Make us all one.

4 O Spirit blest, who from above
Cam'st gently gliding like a dove,
Calm all our strive, give faith and love;
O make us one!


Source: The Hymnal #426

Author: Christopher Wordsworth

Christopher Wordsworth--nephew of the great lake-poet, William Wordsworth--was born in 1807. He was educated at Winchester, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A., with high honours, in 1830; M.A. in 1833; D.D. in 1839. He was elected Fellow of his College in 1830, and public orator of the University in 1836; received Priest's Orders in 1835; head master of Harrow School in 1836; Canon of Westminster Abbey in 1844; Hulsean Lecturer at Cambridge in 1847-48; Vicar of Stanford-in-the-Vale, Berks, in 1850; Archdeacon of Westminster, in 1865; Bishop of Lincoln, in 1868. His writings are numerous, and some of them very valuable. Most of his works are in prose. His "Holy Year; or, Hymns for Sundays, Holidays, and other occ… Go to person page >

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First Line: Father of all, from [over] land and sea
Title: May We Be One
Author: Christopher Wordsworth (1871)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Father of all, from land and sea. C. Wordsworth, Bp. of Lincoln. [For Unity.] Written by request after the Nottingham Church Congress, 1871, and set to music by H. J. Gauntlett, Mus.D. It was added to the Holy Year, 6th edition, 1872, and to Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1875. It is also in a few American books.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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