O Father, Thou who hast created all (Arthur Sullivan)

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  • (Posted 2010-08-17)  CPDL #22125:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-08-17).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 21 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Taken from the Church Hymnary, 1927.

General Information

Title: O Father, Thou who hast created all
Composer: Arthur Sullivan
Tune: St Francis
Lyricist: Catherine Winkworth

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 10 6. 10 6. 884

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published: 1874
Description: A setting of Catherine Winkworth's translation of Albert Knapp's O Vaterherz, das Erd und Himmel schuf.

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Original text and translations

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1  O Father, Thou who hast created all,
 In wisest love, we pray.
 Look on this babe, who at Thy gracious call
 Is entering on life's way;
 Bend o'er him in Thy tenderness,
 Thine image on his soul impress;
 O, Father, hear.

2  O Son of God, who diedst for us, behold,
 We bring our child to Thee;
 Thou tender Shepherd, take him to Thy fold,
 Thine own for ay to be;
 Defend him through this earthly strife,
 And lead him on the path of life,
 O Son of God.

3  O Holy Ghost, who broodedst o'er the wave,
 Descend upon this child;
 Give him undying life, his spirit lave
 With waters undefiled;
 Grant him, while yet a babe, to be
 A child of God, a home for Thee,
 O Holy Ghost.

4  O Triune God, what Thou command'st is done;
 We speak, but Thine the might;
 This child hath scarce yet seen our earthly sun,
 Yet pour on him Thy light,
 In faith and hope, in joy and love,
 Thou Sun of all, below, above,
 O Triune God.