God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth. Genesis 27:28
Words: Thomas MacKellar, Droppings from the Heart (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Sorin & Ball, 1844), page 129.
Music: Arlington, from the minuet in the overture to Thomas A. Arne’s opera Artaxerxes, 1762. Arranged by Ralph Harrison in his Sacred Harmony—A Collection of Psalmtunes, Ancient and Modern (London: 1784) (🔊 pdf nwc).
My father raised his trembling hand,
And placed it on my head:
God’s blessing be on thee, my son!
Most tenderly he said.
He died, and left no gems nor gold,
But still was I his heir—
For that rich blessing which he gave
Became a fortune rare.
And in my day of weary toil
To earn my daily bread,
It gladdens me in thought to feel
His hand upon my head.
Though infant tongues to me have said
Dear father! oft since then,
Yet when I bring that scene to mind,
I’m but a child again.