1 Heavenly Father, grant thy blessing
On the teaching of this day,
That our hearts, thy fear possessing,
May from sin be turned away.
2 May the grace of Christ, our Savior,
And thje Father's boundless love,
With the Holy spirit's favor,
Rest upon us from above.
3 Have we wandered? O forgive us!
Have we wished from truth to rove?
Turn, O turn us and receive us
And incline us thee to love.
4 Thus may we abide in union
With each other and the Lord,
And possess, in sweet communion,
Joys which earth cannot afford.
Amen.Source: The Hymnal #84
Heavenly Father, grant Thy blessing, On the teaching, &c. [Opening of a Sunday School.] Anonymous, in the American Sunday School Union Union Hymnal, 1835.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)