1557. Father Most Holy, Merciful and Tender

1. Father most holy, merciful and tender;
Jesus our Savior, with the Father reigning;
Spirit all kindly, Advocate, Defender,
Light never waning;

2. Trinity sacred, Unity unshaken;
Deity perfect, giving and forgiving,
Light of the angels, Life of the forsaken,
Hope of the living;

3. Maker of all things, all Thy creatures praise Thee;
Lo, all things serve Thee through Thy whole creation:
Hear us, Almighty, hear us as we raise Thee
Heart’s adoration.

4. To the all ruling triune God be glory:
Highest and greatest, help Thou our endeavor;
We, too, would praise Thee, giving honor worthy
Now and forever.

Text Information
First Line: Father most holy, merciful and tender
Title: Father Most Holy, Merciful and Tender
Latin Title: O Pater sancte, mitis atque pie
Author: Anonymous
Translator (from Latin): Percy Dearmer
Language: English
Source: From an 11th Century manuscript in the British Museum; The English Hymnal (London: Oxford University Press, 1906), number 160 (repeats last line).
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tune: HERZLIEBSTER JESU, Johann Crüger, Newes vollkömliches Gesangbuch Augsburgischer Confession (Berlin: 1640]; ISTE CONFESSOR, Poitiers Antiphoner, 1746 (repeats last line)
Tune Information
Composer: Matthäus Apelles von Löwenstern, 1594-1648
Incipit: 11232 56716 57654
Key: d minor
Copyright: Public Domain

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