1 O thou, who art above all height!
Our God, our Father, and our Friend!
Beneath thy throne of love and light,
Let thine adoring children bend.
2 We join in praise, that here is set
A vine that by thy culture grew;
We join in pray'r, that thou wouldst wet
Its op'ning leaves with heav'nly dew.
3 Since thy young servant now hath giv'n
Himself, his pow'rs, his hopes, his youth,
to the great cause of truth and heav'n,
Be thou his guide, O God of truth!
4 And may his doctrines drop like rain,
His speech like Hermon's dew distill,
Till green fields smile, and golden grain,
Ripe for the harvest, wait thy will.
5 And when he sinks in heath,--by care,
Or pain, or toil, or years oppress'd--
O God! remember thou our pray'r,
And take his spirit to thy rest.
Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #342