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Father of spirits! gathered now before Thee

Father of spirits! gathered now before Thee

Author: John Bowring
Published in 10 hymnals

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Father of Spirits! humbly bent before Thee,
Songs of glad homage unto Thee we bring;
Touched by Thy spirit, O, teach us to adore Thee;
Let Thy light attend us,
Let Thy love befriend us,
Father of our spirits, Everlasting King!

Send forth Thy mandate, gather in the nations,
Through the wide universe Thy name be known,
Millions of voices shall join in adorations,
Every soul invited,
Every voice united,
Joining to adore Thee, Everlasting One!

Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #52

Author: John Bowring

James Bowring was born at Exeter, in 1792. He possessed at an early age a remarkable power of attaining languages, and acquired some reputation by his metrical translations of foreign poems. He became editor of "The Westminster Review" in 1825, and was elected to Parliament in 1835. In 1849, he was appointed Consul at Canton, and in 1854, was made Governor of Hong Kong, and received the honour of knighthood. He is the author of some important works on politics and travel, and is the recipient of several testimonials from foreign governments and societies. His poems and hymns have also added to his reputation. His "Matins and Vespers" have passed through many editions. In religion he is a Unitarian. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charl… Go to person page >

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First Line: Father of spirits! gathered now before Thee
Author: John Bowring


Ancient of ages! humbly bent before Thee. Sir J. Bowring. [Missions.] A short hymn on behalf of missions, of more than usual merit. It appeared in his Hymns, 1825, in 2 stanzas of 7 lines. In Miss Courtauld's Unitarian Psalms, Hymns and Anthems, London, 1860, it is given as No. 10.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Instances (1 - 10 of 10)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #52Text
A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #52Page Scan
Hymns of the Spirit #109Page Scan
Songs of the Unity: a Selection of Lyrics for Public Worhip, with Tunes for Congregational Use #d10
The Christian Hymn Book: a compilation of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, original and selected (Rev. and enl.) #671Page Scan
The Christian Hymnal #d164
The Christian Hymnal: a choice collection of hymns and tunes for congregational and social worship #535Page Scan
The Disciples' Hymn Book: a collection of hymns and chants for public and private devotion #377Page Scan
The Sanctus #d65
The Tabernacle #d70