Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways;
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives Thy
In deeper reverence, praise.
In simple trust like theirs who heard,
Beside the Syrian sea,
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
Where Jesus knelt to share with Thee
The silence of eternity,
Interpreted by love!
With that deep hush subduing
Our words and works that drown
The tender whisper of Thy call,
As noiseless let Thy blessing fall
As fell Thy manna
Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.
Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and Thy balm;
sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm.
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