1 Father of mercies, in Thy Word
What endless glory shines!
Forever be Thy name adored
For these celestial lines.
2 Here may the wretched sons of want
Exhaustless riches find:
Riches above what earth can grant
And lasting as the mind.
3 Here the fair tree of knowledge grows,
And yields a free repast;
Sublimer sweets than nature knows
Invites the longing taste.
4 Here the Redeemer's welcome voice
Spreads heavenly peace around;
And life and everlasting joys
Attend the blissful sound.
5 O may these heavenly pages be
My ever dear delight.
And still new beauties may I see,
And still increasing light.
6 Divine Instructor, gracious Lord,
Be Thou forever near:
Teach me to love Thy sacred word
And view my Savior there.
Source: African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #202
|First Line:||Father of mercies, in thy word|
|Title:||The Excellency of Scripture|
|Author:||Anne Steele (1760)|
Father of mercies, in Thy word. Anne Steele. [Holy Scripture.] First published in her Poems on Subjects chiefly Devotional, 1760, vol. i. p. 58, in 12 stanzas of 4 lines, repeated in the enlarged edition, 1780, and in Sedgwick's reprint of her Hymns, 1863, p. 36. In 1769, Ash & Evans gave a selection of 6 stanzas in their Bristol Baptist Collection, No. 79, and from this arrangement mainly the well-known hymn is taken. It is in extensive use in Great Britain and America, and is one of the most popular of Miss Steele's hymns.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)