Father of lights we sing thy name

Father of lights we sing thy name

Author: Philip Doddridge
Published in 49 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Father of lights! we sing thy name,
Who kindlest up the lamp of day:
Wide as he spreads his golden flame,
His beams thy pow'r and love display.

2 Fountain of good! from thee proceed
The copious drops of genial rain,
Which, o'er the hill and through the mead,
Revive the grass and swell the grain.

3 Through the wide world thy bounties spread,
Yet millions of our guilty race,
Though by thy daily bounty fed,
Affront thy law, and spurn thy grace.

4 Not so may our forgetful hearts
O'er look the tokens of thy care;
But, what thy lib'ral hand imparts,
Still own in praise, still ask in pray'r.

5 So shall our suns more grateful shine,
And showers in sweeter drops shall fall,
When all our hearts and lives are thine,
And thou, O God, enjoy'd in all.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #438

Author: Philip Doddridge

Doddridge, Philip, D.D., was born in London, June 26, 1702. His grandfather was one of the ministers under the Commonwealth, who were ejected in 1662. His father was a London oilman. He was offered by the Duchess of Bedford an University training for ordination in the Church of England, but declined it. He entered Mr. Jennings's non-conformist seminary at Kibworth instead; preached his first sermon at Hinckley, to which Mr. Jennings had removed his academy. In 1723 he was chosen pastor at Kibworth. In 1725 he changed his residence to Market Harborough, still ministering at Kibworth. The settled work of his life as a preceptor and divine began in 1729, with his appointment to the Castle Hill Meeting at Northampton, and continued till in the… Go to person page >

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First Line: Father of lights we sing thy name
Author: Philip Doddridge

Notes

Father of lights, we sing Thy Name. P. Doddridge. [Ps. lxxxiv.] This hymn is No. xlvi. in the D. MSS. in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "Providential Bounties Surveyed and Improved, St. Matt. v. 45." A slightly different text was given by Job Orton in his posthumous edition of Doddridge's Hymns, 1755, No. 176, and the text in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the Hymns, &c, 1839, No. 197, differs in a few words from both. The 1755 text is that in common use sometimes in an altered form. The hymn is given in most of the American Unitarian collections. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #438

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A Collection of Hymns, for the Christian Church and Home #74

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship #139

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (10th ed.) #139

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (6th ed.) #139

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (3rd ed.) #139

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #139

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #139

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Social and Private Worship #LXXXVII

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #165

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Universalist Societies and Families 16ed. #494

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #25

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (6th ed.) #60

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms, for Social and Private Worship. (11th ed.) #60

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A Selection of Hymns for Worship (2nd ed.) #51

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns, Embracing all the Varieties of Subjects #H34

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Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #221

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Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #175

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #150

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Hymns for Family Worship, with Prayers for Every Day in the Week (2nd ed.) #21

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Hymns for Public Worship #258

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Hymns for the Christian Church, for the Use of the First Church of Christ in Boston #43

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Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #194

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Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #194

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Hymns for the Sanctuary #140

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Hymns of the Spirit #303

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Hymns, Selected from the Most Approved Authors, for the use of Trinity Church, Boston #61

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National Hymn and Tune Book: for congregations, schools and the home #52

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Services for Congregational Worship #51

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The Harp #926

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The Psalmody: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #155

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The Springfield Collection of Hymns for Sacred Worship #302

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