We pray thee, heavenly Father (John Bacchus Dykes)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-08-28).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 21 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: From Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised.

General Information

Title: We pray thee, heavenly Father
Composer: John Bacchus Dykes
Tunes: Dies Dominica
Lyricist: Vincent Coles

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 76. 76. D

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

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Original text and translations

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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.