Scripture Verse

Father, glorify Thy name. John 12:28


Thomas Gisborne

Words: Tho­mas Gis­borne, in A Se­lec­tion of Psalms and Hymns for Pub­lic and Pri­vate Use, ed­it­ed by Jo­na­than Stubbs (Ut­tox­e­ter, En­gland: R. Rich­ards, 1805), num­ber 92.

Music: Cyprus, ar­ranged from the Ger­man by Lo­well Ma­son, in Car­mi­na Sac­ra (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: John H. Wil­kins & Ri­chard B. Car­ter, 1844), page 49 (🔊 pdf nwc). Re­peats last line of each verse.

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Lowell Mason


O Father! glorify Thy name!
So prayed, at woe’s approach, my Lord;
Disease corrodes this mortal frame:
O Father! be Thy name adored.

Though life’s unruffled days had flown,
Ere yet was past her vernal prime,
And sickness o’er my head has strewn
The snows of age before their time.

Why fear the path of grief to tread?
Why, Father! shrink from Thy decree,
If thus my longing soul be led
A safer, shorter way to Thee?

On wings of faith, o’er fogs of earth,
Thy servant, Father! teach to rise,
And view the blessing’s native worth,
Cleared from affliction’s dark disguise.

Yon clouds, a mass of sable shade
To mortals gazing from below,
By angels from above surveyed,
With universal sunshine glow.