1 My father and mother, how good to me and kind!
Friends better and kinder, I'll never, never find;
How can I, how can I their tender care repay?
How prove that I love them, and thank them ev'ry day?
For God hath said:
"Honor thy father and thy mother:
that thy days may be long upon the land
which the Lord thy God giveth thee."
2 My father, my mother, I'll honor and obey,
To keep the Lord's commandment in all I do and say;
For me they toil and labor, and burdens hard they bear,
Oh, let my hands do something to ease their load of care. [Chorus]
3 My father, my mother, God bless you while you live!
I'll try to make you happy and help and comfort give;
God bless you, God bless you, your grateful child will pray,
And may I ever please you, in love's delightful way. [Chorus]
Pseudonym: Lidie H. Edmunds.
Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >