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Father of all, whose powerful voice

Father of all, whose powerful voice

Author: John Wesley
Published in 35 hymnals

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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: John Wesley

John Wesley, the son of Samuel, and brother of Charles Wesley, was born at Epworth, June 17, 1703. He was educated at the Charterhouse, London, and at Christ Church, Oxford. He became a Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and graduated M.A. in 1726. At Oxford, he was one of the small band consisting of George Whitefield, Hames Hervey, Charles Wesley, and a few others, who were even then known for their piety; they were deridingly called "Methodists." After his ordination he went, in 1735, on a mission to Georgia. The mission was not successful, and he returned to England in 1738. From that time, his life was one of great labour, preaching the Gospel, and publishing his commentaries and other theological works. He died in London, in 17… Go to person page >

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First Line: Father of all, whose powerful voice
Author: John 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)



MACHS MIT MIR was first published in the collection of music Das ander Theil des andern newen Operis Geistlicher Deutscher Lieder (1605) by Bartholomäus Gesius (b. Münchenberg, near Frankfurt, Germany, c. 1555; d. Frankfurt, 1613). A prolific composer, Gesius wrote almost exclusively for the churc…

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