Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Words: John Greenleaf Whittier, 1872
1 Dear Lord and Father of mankind, Forgive our foolish ways. Re-clothe us in our rightful mind; In purer lives Thy service find In deeper rev'rence praise. 2 In simple trust like theirs who heard, beside the Syrian Sea, the gracious calling of the Lord, Let us, like them, without a word, rise up and follow Thee. 3 Drop Thy still dews of quietness till all our strivings cease; Take from our souls the strain and stress, And let our ordered lives confess the beauty of Thy peace 4 Breathe through the heats of our desire Thy coolness and Thy balm; Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire. Speak through the earthquake, wind and fire, O still, small voice of calm!