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Father! thy paternal care

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Father! Thy paternal care
Has my guardian been, my guide:
Every hallowed wish and prayer
Has Thy hand of love supplied:
Thine is every thought of bliss,
Left by hours and days gone by;
Every hope Thine offspring is,
Beaming from futurity.

Every sun of splendid ray;
Every moon that shines serene;
Every morn that welcomes day;
Every evening’s twilight scene;
Every hour which wisdom brings;
Every incense at Thy shrine;
These,—and all life’s holiest things,
And its fairest,—all are Thine.

And for all, my hymns shall rise
Daily to Thy gracious throne:
Thither let my asking eyes
Turn unwearied, righteous One!
Through life’s strange vicissitude
There reposing all my care;
Trusting still, through ill and good,
Fixed, and cheered, and counselled there.



Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #22

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Father! thy paternal care
Author: John Bowring
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Father, Thy paternal care. Sir J. Bowring. [The Divine Father, the Giver of all good Gifts.] This cento is taken from his poem for the third Tuesday evening in Autumn, in his Matins and Vespers, 1823, p. 120. It is in 3 stanzas of 8 lines, and is admirably suited for Flower Services. Its use amongst the American Unitarians is extensive.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Tune

ST. GEORGE'S WINDSOR (Elvey)

George J. Elvey (PHH 48) composed ST. GEORGE'S WINDSOR as a setting for James Montgomery's text "Hark! The Song of Jubilee," with which it was published in Edward H. Thorne's Selection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1858). The tune has been associated with Alford's text since publication of the hymn in th…

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BLUMENTHAL

From Blumenthal's piano piece "Les Deux Anges," Opus 8, adapted as a hymn tune by Frederic W. Root.

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MARK (13556)


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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #22

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #22

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A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy #533

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship #47

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (10th ed.) #47

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (6th ed.) #47

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (3rd ed.) #47

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #47

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #47

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #126

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A Selection of Sacred Songs #1

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A Selection of Sacred Songs. 2nd ed. #1

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Children's Praise #41

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Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship #848

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Church Harmonies #89

Church Music, a Collection of Hymn Tunes. #d37

Family Singing Book. Rev ed. with Supplement #d81

Grammar School Hymn Book #d60

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Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #318

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Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #158

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #90

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship. 8th ed. #a90

Hymns for Children and Young Persons #d118

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #943

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #943

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Hymns for Public Worship #16

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Hymns for Schools #140

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Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #139

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Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #139

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Hymns for the Sanctuary #114

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Hymns of the Spirit #461

Jubilate Deo, a Book of Hymns and Tunes for Young and Old #d63

Massachusetts Sabbath School Hymn Book #d42

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Melodies and Hymns for Divine Service in Appleton Chapel #a81

Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d155

Progressive Songster #d31

School and College Hymnal #d29

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School and College Hymnal #150

Schools Lyrics #d49

Select Progressive Spiritual Hymns and Songs #d10

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Song-Hymnal of Praise and Joy, a selection of spiritual songs, old and new #196

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Songs for Social and Public Worship #782

Songs for the School Room #d29

Songs of the Unity #d55

The Carol #d49

The Choralist #d86

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The Congregational Hymn Book #56

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The Disciples' Hymn Book #8

The Gospel Hymnal #d143

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The Gospel Psalmist #11

The Pean #d19

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The Psalms of Life #255

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The Public School Hymnal #123

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The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book #386a

The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d237

The Saints' Harp #d258

The Saints' Hymnal #d83

The Saints' Hymnal #d82

The Saints' Hymnal #6

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The School Hymn-Book #136

The School Hymnary #d44

Unity Hymns and Chorals. Rev and enl. with Service Elements #d57

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