Father of lights we sing thy name

Father of lights we sing thy name

Author: Philip Doddridge
Published in 52 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

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >

Text Information

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 a Liturgy #531

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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 Collection of Psalms and Hymns #148

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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 and Psalms #59

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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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A Selection of Sacred Poetry #148

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A Selection of Sacred Poetry #148

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Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship #180

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Christian Hymns #146

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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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Hymn Book for Christian Worship. 8th ed. #a150

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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 #52

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Sacred Poetry #aH.LXIX

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Sacred Poetry #H.LXIX

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Services for Congregational Worship #51

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The Christian Psalmist #40

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The Harp #926

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The Harp. 2nd ed. #a926

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The Psalmody #155

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The Springfield Collection of Hymns for Sacred Worship #302

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The Universalist Hymn-Book #205

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