Father, thy presence, ever near

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1 Father, thy presence ever near
Help us to feel and know
That we may find thy kingdom here,
And walk with God below.

2 Help us to find in thy great love,
Our dearest hope and guide:
Who rests on wisdom from above
Can need no help beside.

Source: Worship and Song. (Rev. ed.) #O25

Author: N. Hale

Nathan Hale, born Nov. 12, 1818 --Excerpt from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)  Go to person page >

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First Line: Father, thy presence, ever near
Author: N. Hale
Copyright: Public Domain


Father, Thy Presence ever near. [Benediction.] This hymn was given in Longfellow and Johnson's Hymns of the Spirit, 1864, No. 135, in 3 stanzas of 4 lines, and signed in the Index "N. Hale." In The Pilgrim Hymnal, Boston, 1904, stanzas i., ii. are repeated with the same signature. A Nathan Hale, born Nov. 12, 1818, is known to us, but we are unable to identify him as the author of this hymn. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



Composed by John B. Dykes (PHH 147), BEATITUDO was published in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern (1875), where it was set to Isaac Watts' "How Bright Those Glorious Spirits Shine." Originally a word coined by Cicero, BEATITUDO means "the condition of blessedness." Like many of Dykes's…

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National Hymn and Tune Book #186

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The Pilgrim Hymnal #536

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Worship and Song. (Rev. ed.) #O25

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