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Father of Lights, Eternal Lord

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1 Father of lights, eternal Lord,
To Thee be thanks and praise,
Who gavest us Thy Holy Word
To guide our earthly ways.

2 How gently in this precious Word
Thy Spirit speaks to mine!
O Father, there Thy voice is heard
By every child of Thine.

3 A pilgrim in this far-off land,
I in that light rejoice,
Wherein I see Thy guiding hand,
And hear Thy heavenly voice.

4 True faith in Thee and in Thy Word,
With deeds of Christian love,
And peace with heaven and earth, O Lord,
Shall me Thy servant prove.

5 In Thee our Father's will we praise,
Our Saviour we adore,
The same to-day and all our days,
Now and for evermore.


Source: The Hymnal and Order of Service #222

Author: Johann Olof Wallin

Johan Olaf Wallin was born at Stora Tuna, in 1779, and early displayed his poetical powers. In 1805, and again in 1809, he gained the chief prize for poetry at Upsala. In the latter year he became pastor at Solna; here his ability as a preacher was so striking that he was transferred to Stockholm, in 1815, as "pastor primarius," a title for which we have no exact equivalent. In 1818 he was made Dean of Westeras, and set about the task of editing a revised hymn-book for the whole of Sweden. This task he completed in 1819, and published it as, Den Swenska Psalmboken, af Konungen gillad och stadfästad (The Swedish hymn-book, approved and confirmed by the King). To it he contributed some 150 hymns of his own, besides translations and recasting… Go to person page >

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First Line: Father of lights, eternal Lord
Title: Father of Lights, Eternal Lord
Author: Johann Olof Wallin (1816)



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