Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

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Sheet Music

SSATBB arrangement using the tune Repton - arranged by Mark Hamilton Dewey

  • PDF (Eb), PDF (E)
    • Note: If playing on the piano (although this may not be advised, as it may be daunting compared with most hymn arrangements), it is probably easier to reach the broader chords in the key of E, although I personally prefer the sound of the Eb version (in Midi, at least). —Veramet 01:11, 11 February 2009 (UTC)
  • MIDI (Piano - Eb), MIDI (Piano - E), MIDI (Choral - Eb), MIDI (Choral - E)
  • OGG (Melody on the pennywhistle)
  • LilyPond
  • Arrangement Copyright: Released to the public domain by the arranger on 10 May 2007.
  • Contributed by Veramet (i.e. the arranger) - 22:39, 10 May 2007 (MDT)



1. 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.

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. O Sabbath rest by Galilee,
O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with Thee
The silence of eternity,
Interpreted by love!

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.