O Father, all creating

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1 O Father all creating,
Whose wisdom, love, and pow'r
First bound two lives together
In Eden's primal hour,
Today to these Your children
Your earliest gifts renew:
A home by You made happy,
A love by You kept true.

2 With good wine, Lord, at Cana
The wedding feast You blessed.
Grant also these Your presence,
And be their dearest guest.
Their store of earthly gladness
Transform to heav'nly wine,
And teach them, in the testing
To know the gift divine.

3 O Spirit of the Father,
Breathe on them from above,
So searching in Your pureness,
So tender in Your love,
That, guarded by Your presence,
And kept from strife and sin,
Their hearts may heed Your guidance
And know You dwell within.

4 Except You build it, Father,
The house is built in vain;
Unless You, Saviour, bless it,
The joy will turn to pain.
But nothing breaks the union
Of hearts in You made one;
The love Your Spirit hallows
Is endless love begun.



Source: Lutheran Service Book #858

Author: John Ellerton

Ellerton, John, M.A., son of George Ellerton, was born in London, Dec. 16, 1826, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A. 1849; M.A. 1854). Taking Holy Orders he was successively Curate of Easebourne, Sussex, 1850; Brighton, and Lecturer of St. Peter's, Brighton, 1852; Vicar of Crewe Green, and Chaplain to Lord Crewe, 1860; Rector of Hinstock, 1872; of Barnes, 1876; and of White Roding, 1886. Mr. Ellerton's prose writings include The Holiest Manhood, 1882; Our Infirmities, 1883, &c. It is, however, as a hymnologist, editor, hymnwriter, and translator, that he is most widely known. As editor he published: Hymns for Schools and Bible Classes, Brighton, 1859. He was also co-editor with Bishop How and others of the Society for Promoting… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O Father, all creating, Whose wisdom, love, and power
Title: O Father, all creating
Author: John Ellerton (1876)
Meter: 7.6.7.6 D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Tune

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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MAGDALENA (Stainer)


SAVOY CHAPEL


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The Cyber Hymnal #4791
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Lutheran Service Book #858

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Lutheran Worship #251

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The Cyber Hymnal #4791

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #721

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Worship (3rd ed.) #744

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