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Holy Father, cheer our way

Holy Father, cheer our way

Author: Richard H. Robinson (1869)
Published in 106 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Holy Father, cheer our way
with Your love’s perpetual ray;
grant us every closing day
light at evening time.

2 Holy Saviour, calm our fears
when earth’s brightness disappears;
grant us in our latter years
light at evening time.

3 Holy Spirit, from on high
when in mortal pains we lie;
grant us, as we come to die,
light at evening time.

4 Holy God, no dark shall be
round the blessèd Trinity;
those You keep shall always see
light at evening time.

Source: The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #10

Author: Richard H. Robinson

Mr. Robinson was born in London, became incumbent of the Octagon Chapel, Bath, and in 1884 of St. German's, Blackheath. He wrote Sermons on Faith and Duty, The Creed and the Age. The Methodist Hymn-Book Illustrated… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Holy Father, cheer our way
Author: Richard H. Robinson (1869)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Written in 1869 for the congregation of St. Paul's, Upper Norwood, where he was curate, to be sung after the third Collect at Evening Prayer. It appeared in the S.P.C.K. Church Hymns, 1871.

The Methodist Hymn-Book Illustrated


Holy Father, cheer our way, p. 969,1. This hymn, as given in Stopford A. Brooke's Christian Hymns, 1881, and Hunter's Hymns of Faith and Life, 1889, is a rewritten form of R. H. Robinson's hymn by Mr. Brooke.

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



VESPER (Stainer)


CAPETOWN was originally composed by Friedrich Filitz (b. Arnstadt, Thuringia, Germany, 1804; d. Munich, Germany, 1876) as a setting for the text "Morgenglanz der Ewigkeit"; that text and tune were included in Vierstimmiges Choralbuch (1847), a hymnal compiled by Baron Christian von Bunsen and publis…

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The Cyber Hymnal #2351
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Instances (1 - 7 of 7)

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #205

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #283a

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #283b


The Cyber Hymnal #2351

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The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #10

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The New English Hymnal #246a

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The New English Hymnal #246b

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