Holy Father, great Creator, Source of mercy, love, and peace

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1 Holy Father, great Creator,
source of mercy, love, and peace,
look upon the Mediator,
clothe us with his righteousness;
heavenly Father, heavenly Father,
through the Saviour hear and bless.

2 Holy Jesus, Lord of glory,
whom angelic hosts proclaim,
while we hear thy wondrous story,
meet and worship in thy name,
dear Redeemer, dear Redeemer,
in our hearts thy peace proclaim.

3 Holy Spirit, Sanctifier,
come with unction from above,
touch our hearts with sacred fire,
fill them with the Saviour's love.
Source of comfort, source of comfort,
cheer us with the Saviour's love.

4 God the Lord, through every nation
let thy wondrous mercies shine.
In the song of thy salvation
every tongue and race combine.
Great Jehovah, great Jehovah,
form our hearts and make them thine.

Source: CPWI Hymnal #224

Author: Alexander V. Griswold

Griswold, Alexander Viets, D.D., born at Simsbury, Connecticut, in 1766. After being for some time rector at Bristol, Rhode Island, he was consecrated bishop of the "Eastern Diocese," in 1811. He was subsequently Bishop of Massachusetts. He died in 1843, and his memoirs were published by Dr. J. S. Stone. His well-known hymn:— Holy Father, great Creator. Holy Trinity. Was written probably in 1835. It appeared in that year in his Family Prayers, in 4 st. of 6 1. and entitled "Hymn to the God of Christians." With some alterations by Bishop Coxe, it was given in Hymns for Church and Home, &c, Phila., 1860, No. 153. It was repeated in the Hymnal .... of the Protestant Episcopal Church , 1871, No. 145.[Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.] -- John Julian… Go to person page >

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First Line: Holy Father, great Creator, Source of mercy, love, and peace
Author: Alexander V. Griswold
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Henry T. Smart (PHH 233) composed REGENT SQUARE for the Horatius Bonar (PHH 260) doxology "Glory be to God the Father." The tune was first published in the English Presbyterian Church's Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (1867), of which Smart was music editor. Because the text editor of that hymna…

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