1 Father, to Thee my soul I lift;
My soul to Thee depends,
Convinced that every perfect gift
From Thee alone descends.
2 Mercy and grace are Thine alone,
And power and wisdom too;
Without the Spirit of Thy Son
We nothing good can do.
3 Thou all our works in us hast wrought,
Our good is all divine;
The praise of every virtuous thought
Or righteous work is Thine.
4 From Thee, through Jesus, we receive
The power on Thee to call,
In whom we are, and move and live:
Our God is all in all.
Source: Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #415
|First Line:||Father, to thee my soul I lift|
|Title:||The Author of Every Good Gift|
Father, to Thee my soul I lift. C. Wesley. [God the Giver of every good Gift.] This is the first of three hymns on Phil. ii. 13. "It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do," first published in his Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1749, vol. ii., in 3 stanzas of 8 lines. (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. v. p. 374). It was given in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 423, and later editions, but divided into 6 stanzas of 4 lines. In addition to this text, which is in common use in Great Britain and America, another was included in Toplady's Psalms & Hymns, 1776, No. 21, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, of which stanzas i.-v. are from this hymn, and stanzas vi., vii. are from the last of the three hymns named above. The use of this text is limited. No. 210 in the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Psalms & Hymns is from the former somewhat altered.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)