O Father, on our festal day,|
behold us with thy blessing,
as year by year thy children come
thy love and truth confessing;
we stand rejoicing in thy house
with thankful hearts and lowly,
and dare to raise our songs of praise
to thee, O Lord most holy.
For love by which through all our days
our lives have been surrounded,
for all the goodness of thy hand
which hath to us abounded,
for home and health and happiness,
for all the joy of living,
to thee we sing, our Lord and King,
and offer our thanksgiving.
But chiefly for the boundless love
that brought to us salvation,
we bow before thy mighty throne
in humble adoration;
and to thine honor, God most high,
we hymn the wondrous story
of him who came on earth to die,
and rose, and reigns in glory.
For a school anniversary:
O look with favor on our school,
and bless thy children's learning;
give those who teach kind hearts and wise,
to heavenly wisdom turning,
O prosper thou their handiwork,
and grant their high endeavor,
and grant them, Lord, for their reward
life in thy home for ever.