The Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3
Words: Samuel Medley, 1789.
Music: Requies F. Hastie (🔊 pdf nwc).
If you know when the music was written, Hastie’s full name, or where to get a good picture of him (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),
Father of mercies! God of love!
Whose kind compassion still we prove,
Our praise accept, and bless us here,
As brought to this—another year.
We sing Thy goodness all divine,
Whose radiant beams around us shine,
’Tis through Thy goodness we appear
Preserved to this—another year.
Our souls, our all we here resign;
Make us, and keep us ever Thine;
And grant that in Thy love and fear
We may begin—another year.
Be this our sweet experience still,
To know and do Thy holy will;
Then shall our souls, with joy sincere,
Bless Thee for this—another year.
Still, Lord, through life Thy love display,
And then in death’s approaching day,
We’ll joyful part with all that’s here,
Nor wish on earth—another year.