We pray thee, heavenly Father (John Bacchus Dykes)
- Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-17). Score information: A4, 1 page, 46 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
- Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-17). Score information: A4, 1 page, 122 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-08-28). Score information: A4, 1 page, 21 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: From Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised.
Title: We pray thee, heavenly Father
Composer: John Bacchus Dykes
Tunes: Dies Dominica
Lyricist: Vincent Coles
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Hymn Meter: 76. 76. D
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard
2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 264
Original text and translations
1. We pray Thee, heavenly Father, to hear us in Thy love,
And pour upon Thy children the unction from above;
That so in love abiding, from all defilement free,
We may in pureness offer our Eucharist to Thee.
2. Be Thou our Guide and Helper, O Jesus Christ, we pray;
So may we well approach Thee, if Thou wilt be the Way;
Thou, very Truth, hast promised to help us in our strife,
food of the weary pilgrim, eternal source of life.
3. And Thou, creator Spirit, look on us, we are Thine;
Renew in us Thy graces, upon our darkness shine;
That, with Thy benediction upon our souls outpoured,
We may receive in gladness the body of the Lord.
4. O Trinity of Persons, O Unity most high,
On Thee alone relying, Thy servants would draw nigh:
unworthy in our weakness, on Thee our hope is stayed,
and blessed by Thy forgiveness, we will not be afraid.