Father Eternal, Ruler of Creation   1 comment

Christ Pantocrator

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1940, of The Episcopal Church

Words (1919) by Laurence Housman (1865-1959)

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1.  Father eternal, Ruler of creation,

Spirit of life, which moved ere form was made,

Through the thick darkness covering every nation,

Light to man’s blindness, O be thou our aid:

Thy kingdom come, O Lord, thy will be done.

2.  Races and peoples, lo, we stand divided,

And, sharing not our griefs, no joy can share;

By wars and tumults love is mocked, derided;

His conquering cross no kingdom wills to bear:

Thy kingdom come, O Lord, thy will be done.

3.  Envious of heart, blind-eyed, with tongues confounded,

Nation by nation still goes unforgiven,

In wrath and fear, by jealousies surrounded,

Building proud towers which shall not reach to heaven:

Thy kingdom come, O Lord, thy will be done.

4.  Lust of possession worketh desolations;

There is no meekness in the sons of earth;

Led by no star, the rulers of the nations

Still fail to bring us to the blissful birth:

Thy kingdom come, O Lord, thy will be done.

5.  How shall we love thee, holy hidden Being,

If we love not the world which thou hast made?

O give us brother-love for better seeing

Thy Word made flesh, and in a manger laid.

Thy kingdom come, O Lord, thy will be done.

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