Tuesday, October 2, 2018

"OUR heavenly Father, hear..."

When last in Madison a good friend gave me a 19th century hymnbook. Its dimensions are 3" X 5.25" X 1.5" and it contains the words of 1254 hymns plus several doxologies and an appendix of "Temperance" songs. Like most such books it only contains words — there are no tunes although a tune is often suggested. It's very interesting to browse.  The example below is from the "Prayer and Praise" section:

The Lord's Prayer.
OUR heavenly Father, hear
The prayer we offer now:
Thy name be hallowed, far and near,
To thee all nations bow.
Thy kingdom come; thy will
On earth be done in love,
As saints and seraphim fulfill
Thy perfect law above.
Our daily bread supply,
While by thy word we live;
The guilt of our iniquity
Forgive, as we forgive.
From dark temptation's power,
From Satan's wiles defend;
Deliver in the evil hour,
And guide us to the end.
Thine, then, forevr be
Glory, and power divine;
The scepter, throne, and majesty
Of heaven and earth, are thine.
Thus humbly taught to pray,
By thy beloved Son,
Through him we come to thee, and say—
All for his sake be done.          Montgomery.

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