Eternal Father, who didst all create, In whom we live, and to whose bosom move, To all men be Thy name known, which is Love, Till its loud praises sound at heaven's high gate. Perfect Thy kingdom in our passing state, That here on earth Thou may'st as well approve Our [service]1, as Thou ownest theirs above, Whose joy we echo and in pain await. Grant body and soul each day their daily bread: And should in spite of grace fresh [woe]2 begin, Even as our anger soon is past and dead Be Thy remembrance mortal of our sin: By Thee in paths of peace Thy sheep be led, And in the vale of terror comforted.
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1 Holst: "homage"
2 Holst: "use"
- by Robert Seymour Bridges (1844 - 1930), no title, appears in The Growth of Love, no. 69, first published 1876 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934), "Eternal Father", published 1928. [soprano, chorus, organ, and bells ad libitum] [text verified 1 time]
- by Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir (1852 - 1924), "Eternal Father", published 1913 [vocal sextet a cappella], from Three motets, motet [text not verified]
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