Author of the Lyrics
The author of the inspirational words of the "Father Hear the Prayer we Offer" lyrics, Love Maria Whitcomb Willis (June 9, 1824-November 26, 1908), was born in Hancock, New Hampshire, England and achieved fame as a Literary editor and Hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of "Father Hear the Prayer we Offer", John B. Dykes (March 10, 1823-January 22, 1876), was born in Kingston upon Hull, England and became famous as a Theologist, Church organist, composer and musician.
Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: Father Hear the Prayer we Offer
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Love Maria Whitcomb Willis (June 9, 1824 to November 26, 1908)
Nationality of Author: English
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: John B. Dykes (March 10, 1823 to January 22, 1876)
Hymn Category: Wedding Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Father, hear the prayer we offer: Not for ease that prayer shall be"
First Publication Date: 1859
Father Hear the Prayer we Offer Lyrics
Father, hear the prayer we offer:
Not for ease that prayer shall be,
But for strength that we may ever
Live our lives courageously.
Not for ever in green pastures
Do we ask our way to be;
But the steep and rugged pathway
May we tread rejoicingly.
Not for ever by still waters
Would we idly rest and stay;
But would smith the living fountains
From the rocks along our way.
Be our strength in hours of weakness,
In our wanderings be our guide;
Through endeavour, failure, danger,
Father, be thou at our side.