Love of the Father, love of God the Son

Love of the Father, love of God the Son

Paraphraser: Robert Bridges
Tune: SONG 22
Published in 26 hymnals

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1 Love of the Father, Love of God the Son,
from whom all came, in whom was all begun;
who formest heavenly beauty out of strife,
creation's whole desire and breath of life:

2 Thou the all-holy, thou supreme in might,
thou dost give peace, thy presence maketh right;
thou with thy favour all things dost enfold,
with thine all-kindness free from harm wilt hold.

3 Hope of all comfort, splendour of all aid,
that dost not fail nor leave the heart afraid:
to all that cry thou dost all help accord,
the angels' armour, and the saints' reward.

4 Purest and highest, wisest and most just,
there is no truth save only in thy trust;
thou dost the mind from earthly dreams recall,
and bring, through Christ, to him for whom are all.

5 Eternal glory, all men thee adore,
who art and shalt be worshipped evermore:
us whom thou madest, comfort with thy might,
and lead us to enjoy thy heavenly light.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #253

Paraphraser: Robert Bridges

Robert S. Bridges (b. Walmer, Kent, England, 1844; d. Boar's Hill, Abingdon, Berkshire, England, 1930) In a modern listing of important poets Bridges' name is often omitted, but in his generation he was consid­ered a great poet and fine scholar. He studied medicine and practiced as a physician until 1881, when he moved to the village of Yattendon. He had already written some poetry, but after 1881 his literary career became a full-time occupation, and in 1913 he was awarded the position of poet laureate in England. Bridges published The Yattendon Hymnal (1899), a collection of one hundred hymns (forty-four written or translated by him with settings mainly from the Genevan psalter, arranged for unaccompanied singing. In addition to volumes… Go to person page >

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Amor Patris et Filii, veri splendor auxilii. [Whitsuntide.] This is found in a manuscript of c. 1200 from Thame Abbey, Oxon, now in the B. M. (Burney 357, f. 15b), in a MS. of the 12th century, at Toulouse (162, f. 175; see Catalogue), and others. Printed in Mone, No. 180, Kehrein, No. 137, &c. Translated as:
Love of the Father, Love of God the Son, a fine version by R. B. in the Yattendon Hymnal, 1899, No. 28, and The English Hymnal, 1906. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



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Ancient and Modern #253

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #610

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Common Praise #186

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #432

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #159


Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #610

Hymns Old and New #323


The Cyber Hymnal #3881

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The New English Hymnal #409

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