Father and Friend!   2 comments

Sunset, Lake Champlain

Above:  Sunset, Lake Champlain, Burlington, Vermont, 1900-1920

Publisher = Detroit Publishing Company

Image Source = Library of Congress


Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-det-4a25377

Words (1825) by John Bowring (1792-1872), British statesman, social reformer, British Unitarian Hymn Writer, and genius

Hymn Source = The Hymnal (1933), of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.


1.  Father and Friend!  Thy light, Thy love,

Beaming through all Thy works we see;

Thy glory gilds the heavens above,

And all the earth is full of Thee.

2.  Thy voice we hear, Thy presence feel,

While Thou, too pure for mortal sight,

Involved in clouds, invisible,

Reignest the Lord of life and light.

3.  Thy children shall not faint nor fear,

Sustained by this exalted thought:

But this we know, that where Thou art,

Strength, wisdom, goodness dwell with Thee.

4.  Thy children shall not faint nor fear,

Sustained by this exalted thought:

Since Thou, their God, art everywhere,

They cannot be where Thou art not!

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