Dear Lord and Father of Mankind - Aaron Diehl

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind - Aaron Diehl

Pianist, bandleader and composer Aaron Diehl, offers up this week's hymn Dear Lord and Father of Mankind. The hymn takes words from a poem "The Brewing of Soma" by John Greenleaf Whittier and is usually sung to the tune Repton by Hubert Parry. It was written in 1872.

May it bless your spirit as you begin your week.

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,

Forgive our foolish ways!

Reclothe us in our rightful mind,

In purer lives Thy service find,

In deeper reverence, praise.

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.

O Sabbath rest by Galilee!

O calm of hills above,

Where Jesus knelt to share with Thee

The silence of eternity

Interpreted by love!

With that deep hush subduing all

Our words and works that drown

The tender whisper of Thy call,

As noiseless let Thy blessing fall

As fell Thy manna down.

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.

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.