Father, we for our children plead

Father, we for our children plead

Author: Thomas Hastings
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FATHER, we for our children plead,
The children thou hast given;
Where shall we go in time of need
But to the God of Heaven?

2 We ask for them not wealth or fame
Amid the worldly strife:
But, in the all-prevailing name,
We ask eternal life.

3 We seek the Spirit’s quickening grace
To make them pure in heart,
That they may stand before thy face
And see thee as thou art.


Source: The Song Book of the Salvation Army #791

Author: Thomas Hastings

Hastings, Thomas, MUS. DOC., son of Dr. Seth Hastings, was born at Washington, Lichfield County, Connecticut, October 15, 1784. In 1786, his father moved to Clinton, Oneida Co., N. Y. There, amid rough frontier life, his opportunities for education were small; but at an early age he developed a taste for music, and began teaching it in 1806. Seeking a wider field, he went, in 1817, to Troy, then to Albany, and in 1823 to Utica, where he conducted a religious journal, in which he advocated his special views on church music. In 1832 he was called to New York to assume the charge of several Church Choirs, and there his last forty years were spent in great and increasing usefulness and repute. He died at New York, May 15, 1872. His aim was the… Go to person page >

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