O Father All Creating

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1 O Father all Creating,
Whose wisdom, love and power,
Firs bound two lives together
In Eden's primal hour,
Today to these thy children
Thine earliest gifts renew,
A home by thee made happy
A love by thee kept true.

2 O Saviour, guest most bounteous
Of old in Galilee,
Vouchsafe today thy presence
With these who call on thee,
Their store of earthly gladness
transform t heavenly wine,
And teach them in the tasting
To know the gift is thine.

3 O Spirit of the Father,
Breathe on them from above,
So mighty in thy pureness,
So tender in thy love,
That, guarded by thy presence,
From sin and strife kept free,
Their lives may own thy guidance,
Their hearts be rule by thee.

4 Except thou build it, Father,
The house is built in vain;
Except thou Saviour, bless it,
The joy will turn to pain;
But nought can break the union,
Of hearts in thee made one;
And love thy Spirit hallows
Is endless love begun.

Amen.

Source: Revival Hymns and Choruses #475

Author: S. J. Stone

Stone, Samuel John, a clergyman of the Church of England, the son of Rev. William Stone, was born at Whitmore, Staffordshire, April 25, 1839. He was educated at Pembroke College, Oxford, where he was graduated B.A. in 1862. Later he took orders and served various Churches. He succeeded his father at St. Paul's, Haggerstown, in 1874. He was the author of many original hymns and translations, which were collected and published in 1886. His hymns are hopeful in spirit and skillfully constructed. He published several poetic volumes. He died November 19, 1900 --Hymn Writers of the Church, 1915 (Charles Nutter)… Go to person page >

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First Line: O Father all creating (Stone)
Title: O Father All Creating
Author: S. J. Stone
Meter: 7.6.7.6 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1982
Copyright: This text may still be under copyright because it was published in 1982.

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AURELIA

Composed by Samuel S. Wesley (PHH 206), AURELIA (meaning "golden") was published as a setting for “Jerusalem the Golden” in Selection of Psalms and Hymns, which was compiled by Charles Kemble and Wesley in 1864. Though opinions vary concerning the tune's merits (Henry J. Gauntlett once condemned…

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