1 Our FATHER, who in Heaven art,
The Sp'rit of Pray'r to us impart;
With childlike Reverence, may we,
And Confidence, approach to thee:
With more than earthly Father's Care,
All needful Things for us prepare.
2 Hallowed by thy Name: - may we
The saving Knowledge have of thee,
To praise and glorify thy name,
Which thou dost in thy works proclaim;
May all our thoughts, our Words and Ways,
Be still devoted to thy Praise.
3 Thy Kingdom come; - by thy bless'd Word,
And HOLY SPIRIT, so rule us LORD,
That as thy faithful Subjects, we
May more and more submit to thee,
Keep and encrease thy Church; destroy
Whate'er thy Kingdom would annoy.
4 Thy Will be done in Earth below,
As 'tis in Heav'n, - Thy Grace bestow
On us and all; may we and they
Renounce our Wills, and thine obey.
In Constancy, in Zeal and Love
May we resemble those above.
5 On us our daily Bread bestow,
From thee alone all Blessings flow.
External Plenty cannot be
A Blessing, but when bless'd by thee.
On thee, our FATHER, we rely,
That thou wilt all our wants supply.
6 Our Debts forgive us, LORD, as we
Forgive our Debtors, - For with thee
Forgiveness is, through CHRIST thy Son,
Whose Blood did for our Guilt attone.
Let mutual Love and Charity
Be Proofs of our Sincerity.
7 Into Temptation lead us not, -
Though we re weak, and En'mies plot,
Though Satan, Would and Flesh combine
Against us, and our Hurt design;
May we, by thine Almighty Aid,
Ev'n more than conquerors be made.
8 LORD from all Evil set us free,
And make us more conform'd to thee;
And as our Journey's End is Death,
when called to resign our Breath,
O may thy everlasting Love
Receive us to thy Joys above.
9 For thine's the Kingdom, thine the Pow'r,
And thine the Glory evermore,
Firmly in thee our Souls confide,
The Pray'r of Faith was ne'er deny'd.
Amen, so let it be, O LORD,
According to thy gracious Word.
Francis Hopkinson; grad. College of Philadelphia with master’s degree; studied law and passed Pa. bar; opened conveyancer’s office in Philadelphia; musical and literary talent; prolific writer who frequently used pen name, A. B.
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Martin Luther's versification of the Lord's Prayer was set to this tune in Valentin Schumann's hymnal, Geistliche Lieder (1539); the tune, whose composer remains unknown, had some earlier use. The tune name derives from Luther's German incipit: “Vater unser im Himmelreich….” Because VATER UNSE…