Father of all, in every age

Father of all, in every age

Author: Alexander Pope
Published in 25 hymnals

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1 Father of all! in ev'ry age,
In ev'ry clime ador'd,
By saint, by savage, and by sage,
JEHOVAH, JOVE, or LORD!

2 Thou great First Cause! least understood!
Who all my sense confin'd
To know but this — that thou art good,
And that myself am blind;

3 Yet gave me, in this dark estate,
To see the good from ill,
And, binding nature fast in fate,
Left free the human will: —

4 What conscience dictates to be done,
Or warns me not to do,
This teach me more than hell to shun,
That, more than heav'n pursue:

5 What blessings thy free bounty gives,
Let me not cast away;
For God is paid, when man receives;
T' enjoy is to obey.

6 Yet not to earth's contracted span
Thy goodness let me bound,
Or think thee Lord alone of man,
When thousand worlds are round.

7 Let not this weak, unknowing hand
Presume thy bolts to throw,
And deal damnation round the land,
On each I judge thy foe.

8 If I am right, O teach my heart
Still in the right to stay;
If I am wrong, thy grace impart,
To find the better way.

9 Save me alike from foolish pride,
Or impious discontent,
At aught thy wisdom has deny'd,
Or aught thy goodness lent.

10 Teach me to feel another's wo,
To hide the fault I see;
That mercy I to others show,
That mercy show to me.

11 Mean tho' I am, not wholly so,
Since quicken'd by thy breath;
O lead me wheresoe'er I go,
Thro' this day's life or death.

12 This day, be bread and peace my lot;
All else beneath the sun
Thou know'st if best bestow'd, or not —
And let thy will be done.

13 To THEE, whose temple is all space —
Whose altar, earth, sea, skies —
One chorus let all being raise!
All nature's incense rise!

Source: A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #CLXIII

Author: Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope was born in London, in 1688. His parents were Roman Catholics. He had a feeble constitution, was deformed in person, and attained the age of only fifty-six. He early acquired the means of independence by his literary gifts, and purchased his celebrated villa at Twickenham, whither he went to reside at the age of thirty. Of his many published works, his translation of the "Iliad" and "Odyssey" of Homer has given him the greatest reputation. As an English satirist, also, he stands very high. Nearly all his works, however, are imitations. He died at Tickenham, in 1744. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872… Go to person page >

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Author: Alexander Pope

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A Collection of Hymns, for the Christian Church and Home #415

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (10th ed.) #A.XI

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (6th ed.) #A.XI

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (3rd ed.) #A.XI

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #571

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #571

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #CLXIII

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #XVII

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #CLXIII

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship (2nd ed.) #XVII

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Church Harmonies: a collection of hymns and tunes for the use of Congregations #560

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Hymnal for Christian Science Church and Sunday School Services #28

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Hymns for All Christians #L24

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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #482

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Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #98

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Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #98

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Hymns for the Sanctuary #317

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Hymns of the Spirit #272

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Sacred Songs For Public Worship: a hymn and tune book #63

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The Gospel Psalmist #368

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