Father of all, whose powerful voice

Father of all, whose powerful voice

Author: Charles Wesley
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1 FATHER of all, whose powerful voice
Called forth this universal frame!
Whose mercies over all rejoice,
Through endless ages still the same:
Thou by thy word upholdest all;
Thy bounteous love to all is showed;
Thou hearest thy every creature's call,
And fillest every mouth with good.

2 In heaven thou reign'st enthroned in light,
Nature's expanse before thee spread;
Earth, air, and sea before thy sight,
And hell's deep gloom are open laid:
Wisdom and might and love are thine;
Prostrate before thy face we fall,
Confess thine attributes divine,
And hail thee Sovereign Lord of all.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #61

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

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First Line: Father of all, whose powerful voice
Author: Charles Wesley
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Father of all, Whose powerful voice. C. Wesley. [The Lord's Prayer.] First published in Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1742, p. 275, in 9 stanzas of 8 lines, as a Paraphrase of the Lord's Prayer (Poetical Works, 1868-1872, vol. ii. p. 335). In the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, it was given in three parts:—Pt. i. "Father of all, Whose powerful voice"; Pt. ii. "Son of Thy Sire's Eternal love"; Pt. iii. "Eternal, spotless Lamb of God," and numbered respectively 225, 226, 227. In this form it has been repeated in later editions of the Wesleyan Hymn Book, and has passed into other collections. In addition the hymn, "Father, 'tis Thine each day to yield," in Hall's Mitre, 1836, No. 214, and E. Osier's Church & King, June, 1837, is composed of Wesley's stanza vi. altered, and a new stanza by Osier. The popular doxology "Blessing and honour, praise and love," much used in America, is the closing stanza of Wesley's paraphrase. This hymn is sometimes ascribed to John Wesley, but upon what authority we have been unable to ascertain. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907) ================= Father of all, Whose powerful voice, p. 368, ii. Another cento from this hymn beginning “All ye who owe to God your birth," is in common use as in Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, N. Y., 1872. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)



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