1 Great Father of each perfect gift,
Behold thy servants wait;
With longing eyes and lifted hands
We flock around thy gate.
2 Oh, shed abroad that choicest gift,
Thy Spirit from above,
To cheer our eyes with sacred light,
And fire our hearts with love.
3 Blest earnest of eternal joy,
Declare our sins forgiven;
And bear with energy divine,
Our raptured thoughts to heaven.
Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #272
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Great Father of each perfect gift. P. Doddridge. [Whitsuntide.] This hymn is No. 89 of the Doddridge Manuscript, but is undated. It was first published in J. Orton's (posthumous) edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 251, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "The descent of the Spirit, or His influence desired," Acts x. 44. It was also repeated in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839, No. 276. There are slight differences in the text of each, but that of Orton is commonly received as the original. The hymn is in several important collections in Great Britain and America. In the American Baptist Praise Book, 1871, No. 522, it begins, "Great Father of our feeble race."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)