We pray thee, heavenly Father (John Bacchus Dykes)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-08-28). Score information: A4, 1 page, 21 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: From Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised.
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.