Thou Father of the fatherless

Thou Father of the fatherless

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 3 hymnals

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Thou Father of the fatherless,
A band of orphans see,
And from Thy throne of glory bless,
Our little family:--

A little family, who share
No human parents' love;
And yet for whom Thou wilt prepare
A house and home above:--

A home above, if train'd up here,
In Wisdom's paths to go.
We travel heavenward in Thy fear,
From this sweet home below:--

This home below, where we have found
Refuge in time of need,
And meet upon its holy ground,
Friends, who are friends indeed.

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For friends indeed to us are they,
Who, for our Saviour's sake,
Have sought us out, like lambs astray,
Their bounty to partake:

Thine is their bounty,--theirs not less,
Though Thine what each imparts,
When, to relieve the fatherless,
Thy love constrains their hearts.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >

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First Line: Thou Father of the fatherless
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

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Hymns for Schools and Families #d492

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Hymns for Schools and Families, Specailly Designed for the Children of the Church #465

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