Scripture Verse

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children. Ephesians 5:1


Christopher Wordsworth

Words: Chris­to­pher Words­worth, The Ho­ly Year (Lon­don: Riv­ing­tons, 1863), num­ber 123.

Music: Io­na John Stain­er, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1868 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Lugano, Ca­tho­lic Hymn Tunes, 1849 (🔊 pdf nwc)
John Stainer


Heav’nly Father, send Thy blessing
On Thy children gathered here;
May they all, Thy name confessing,
Be to Thee for ever dear;
May they be, like Joseph, loving,
Dutiful, and chaste, and pure;
And their faith, like David, proving,
Steadfast unto death endure.

Holy Savior, who in meekness
Didst vouchsafe a child to be,
Guide their steps, and help their weakness,
Bless, and make them like to Thee;
Bear Thy lambs when they are weary,
In Thine arms, and at Thy breast;
Through life’s desert, dry and dreary,
Bring them to Thy heav’nly rest.

Spread Thy golden pinions o’er them,
Holy Spirit, heav’nly Dove,
Guide them, lead them, go before them,
Give them peace, and joy, and love;
Temples of the Holy Spirit,
May they with Thy glory shine,
And immortal bliss inherit,
And for evermore be Thine!