Scripture Verse

How right they are to adore you! Song of Solomon 1:4

Introduction

Words: E. F. Stew­art, in The Crown­ing Tri­umph, ed­it­ed by George C. Hugg & Frank L. Arm­strong (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: F. A. North, 1879), num­ber 72.

Music: Co­lum­bia Heights Ad­am Gei­bel, 1885 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Stew­art’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

portrait
Adam Geibel (1855–1933)

Lyrics

Holy Fa­ther, we adore Thee,
And all hon­or to Thee give,
For the bless­ings, with­out num­ber,
Freely grant­ed while we live.
In our youth­ful days Thy mer­cy,
Like a river calm­ly flows,
And in riper years ne’er fail­ing,
As the sol­ace of our woes.

Holy Fa­ther, Thou didst love us,
E’en while wan­der­ing far from Thee,
And didst send the bless­èd Sav­ior,
For a sac­ri­fice to be.
In a man­ger low they laid Him,
’Mid the beasts with­in the stall;
Angels guard­ing the Re­deem­er,
Who sal­va­tion brought to all.

Holy Fa­ther, send Thy Spi­rit
Into ev­ery wait­ing heart,
And let all re­ceive with fa­vor
What will prove the bet­ter part;
While to Thee, with tune­ful voic­es,
Sweetest prais­es we will sing,
Heav’n and earth, in one grand cho­rus,
Loudest hal­le­lu­jahs ring.