O God, the Eternal Father

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Lyrics from A Collection of Sacred Hymns for the Use of the Latter Day Saints, 1844

1. O God th'eternal Father,
Who dwells amid the sky,
In Jesus name we ask thee
To bless and sanctify,
If we are pure before thee,
This bread and cup of wine;
That we may all remember
That Off'ring so divine.

2. That sacred holy off'ring,
By man least understood,
To have our sins remitted,
And take his flesh and blood.
That we may ever witness,
The suff'rings of thy Son,
And always have his Spirit
To make our hearts as one.

3. When Jesus, the anointed,
Descended from above,
And gave himself a ransom
To win our souls with love;
With no apparent beauty,
That men should him desire,
He was the promised Savior,
To purify with fire.

4. How infinite that wisdom,
The plan of holiness,
That made salvation perfect,
And vailed the Lord in flesh,
To walk upon his footstool,
And be like man, almost,
In his exalted station,
And die - or all was lost!

5. 'Twas done - all nature trembled!
Yet, by the pow'r of faith,
He rose as God triumphant,
And broke the bands of death:
And, rising conq'rer, “captive
He led captivity,”
And sat down with the Father
To fill eternity.

6. He is the true Messiah,
That died and lives again;
We look not for another,
He is the Lamb 'twas slain;
He is the Stone and Shepherd
Of Israel - scattered far;
The glorious Branch from Jesse:
The bright and Morning Star.

7. Again, he is that Prophet
That Moses said should come,
Being raised among his brethren,
To call the righteous home,
And all that will not hear him,
Shall feel his chast'ning rod,
Till wickedness is ended,
As saith the Lord our God.

8. He comes, he comes in glory,
The vail is vanished too,
With angels, yea our fathers,
To drink this cup anew -
And sing the songs of Zion
And shout - 'Tis done, 'tis done!
While ev'ry son and daughter
Rejoices - we are one.

Lyrics from A Collection of Sacred Hymns for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Europe, 1840

Hymn 143
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1. O God, th' eternal Father,
Who dwells amid the sky,
In Jesus' name we ask thee
To bless and sanctify,
(If we are pure before thee,)
This bread and cup of wine,
That we may all remember
That off'ring so divine.

2. That sacred holy off'ring,
By man least understood,
To have our sins remitted,
And take his flesh and blood.
That we may ever witness,
The suff'ring of thy Son,
And always have his Spirit
To make our hearts as one.

3. When Jesus, the anointed,
Descended from above;
And gave himself a ransom
To win our souls with love;
With no apparent beauty,
That men should him desire -
He was the promised Saviour,
To purify with fire.

4. How infinite that wisdom,
The plan of holiness,
That made salvation perfect,
And veiled the Lord in flesh,
To walk upon his footstool,
And be like man, (almost),
In his exalted station,
And die - or all was lost!

5. Twas done - all nature trembled,
Yet, by the power of faith,
He rose as God triumphant,
And broke the bands of death:
And rising conq'rer' "captive
He led captivity,"
And sat down with the Father
To all eternity.

6. He is the true Messiah,
That died and lives again;
We look not for another;
He is the Lamb 'twas slain;
He is the stone and Shepherd
Of Israel - scattered far;
The glorious branch from Jesse:
The bright and morning star.

7. Again, he is that Prophet
That Moses said should come,
Being raised among his brethren,
To call the righteous home.
And all that will not hear him,
Shall feel his chastening rod,
Till wickedness is ended,
As saith the Lord our God.

8. He comes, he comes in glory,
(The veil has vanished too)
With angels, yea our fathers,
To drink this cup anew -
And sing the songs of Zion,
And shout - 'Tis done, 'tis done!
While every son and daughter
Rejoices - we are one.