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

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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
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 cre-| ated 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 com-| mand'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.