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What thou wilt, O Father, give

Representative Text

1 What Thou wilt, O Father, give;
All is gain that I receive;
Let the lowliest task be mine,
Grateful, so the work be Thine.

2 If there be some weaker one,
Give me strength to help him on;
If a blinder soul there be,
Let me guide him nearer Thee.

3 Clothe with life the weak intent,
Let me be the thing I meant;
Let me find in Thy employ
Peace that dearer is than joy;

4 Out of self to love be led,
And to heaven acclimated,
Until all things sweet and good
Seem my natural habitude.


Source: Hymns of the Kingdom of God #305

Author: John Greenleaf Whittier

Whittier, John Greenleaf, the American Quaker poet, was born at Haverhill, Massachusetts, Dec. 17, 1807. He began life as a farm-boy and shoemaker, and subsequently became a successful journalist, editor and poet. In 1828 he became editor of the American Manufacturer (Boston), in 1830 of the New England Review, and an 1836 (on becoming Secretary to the American Anti-Slavery Society) of the Pennsylvania Freeman. He was also for some time, beginning with 1847, the corresponding editor of the National Era. In 1840 he removed to Amesbury, Massachusetts, where most of his later works have been written. At the present time [1890] he lives alternately at Amesbury and Boston. His first poetical piece was printed in the Newburyport Free Press in 182… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: What thou wilt, O Father, give
Author: John Greenleaf Whittier
Refrain First Line: Grateful, so the work be thine
Copyright: Public Domain

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A Hymnal for Friends #64

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Common Praise #521

Heart and Voice #d289

Heart and Voice #d293

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Heart and Voice #102

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Hymnal Amore Dei #134

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Hymnal, Amore Dei #134

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Hymnal, Amore Dei. Rev. ed. #a134

Hymns and Songs #d37

Hymns and Songs IV #ad37

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Hymns for Schools and Colleges #179

Hymns of Devotion #d228

Hymns of the Christian Life #d473

Hymns of the Christian Life #d473

Hymns of the Christian Life #d468

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Hymns of the Church Universal #296

Hymns of the Kingdom of God #d436

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Hymns of the Kingdom of God #305

Hymns of the Spirit for Use in the Free Churches of America #278

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Isles of Shoals Hymn Book and Candle Light Service #45

Jubilate Deo, a Book of Hymns and Tunes for Young and Old #d347

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Pilgrim Songs (Number Two) #203

Praise Him #d289

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Services for Congregational Worship. The New Hymn and Tune Book #333

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Song-Hymnal of Praise and Joy, a selection of spiritual songs, old and new #335

The Assembly Praise Book #d106

The Church Hymnal #d474

The Hill School Hymnal and Service Book #d282

The Oxford American Hymnal for Schools and Colleges #d375

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The Pilgrim Hymnal #277

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The Pilgrim Hymnal #370

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The Spirit of Praise #134

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The Students' Hymnal #171

Unitarian Service Book, and Hymns for Church and Home. Abridged ed. #d479

Unity Hymns and Chorals. Rev and enl. with Service Elements #d320

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