Lord, who ordainest for mankind

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1 Lord, who ordainest for mankind
Benignant toils and tender cares,
We thank Thee for the ties that bind
The mother to the child she bears.

2 We thank Thee for the hopes that rise
Within her heart, as day by day
The dawning soul, from those young eyes,
Looks with a clearer, steadier ray.

3 And, grateful for the blessing given
With that dear infant on her knee,
She trains the eye to look to heaven,
The voice to lisp a prayer to Thee.

4 Such thanks the blessed Mary gave
When from her lap the Holy Child,
Sent from on high to seek and save
The lost of earth, looked up and smiled.

5 All-Gracious! grant to those who bear
A mother’s charge the strength and light
To guide the feet that own their care
In ways of love and truth and right.

Source: The Service Hymnal: Compiled for general use in all religious services of the Church, School and Home #426

Author: William Cullen Bryant

Bryant, William Cullen. First in order of time of the great American poets, Bryant was born at Cummington, Mass., Nov. 3, 1794, and was educated at Williams College. In 1815 he'was called to the Bar, and practised for a time at Great Barrington. In 1825 he retired from the Bar, settled at New York, and devoted himself to literary pursuits, founding the New York Review, and editing for a short time the New York Evening Post. He died June 12, 1878. His poetical and other works are well known. His hymns were written at intervals during his long life. They were collected and privately printed in 1869, and number over 20. Those in common use are:— 1. Almighty, listen while we raise. Praise. This is given as "Almighty hear us,” &c,… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord, who ordainest for mankind
Author: William Cullen Bryant
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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