Author of the Lyrics
The author of the rousing words of the "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind" lyrics, John Greenleaf Whittier (December 17, 1807-September 7, 1892), was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States and achieved fame as a Hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind", Frederick Charles Maker (August 6, 1844-January 1, 1927), was born in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England and became famous as a Professor of Music, Church organist, composer and musician.
Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): John Greenleaf Whittier (December 17, 1807 to September 7, 1892)
Nationality of Author: American
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Frederick Charles Maker (August 6, 1844 to January 1, 1927)
Hymn Category: Wedding Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Dear Lord and Father of mankind, Forgive our foolish ways"
First Publication Date: 1872
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind Lyrics
Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways!
Re-clothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives thy service find,
In deeper reverence praise.
In simple trust like theirs who heard,
Beside the Syrian sea,
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word
Rise up and follow thee.
O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with thee
The silence of eternity,
Interpreted by love!
Drop thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of thy peace.
Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still small voice of calm!