“Dear Lord and Father of Mankind” is a beautiful Christian Hymn that implores us to ask for forgiveness from our Almighty Father and be like our biblical ancestors who trusted God wholeheartedly. This hymn requests us to be still and let God speak in the silence. The words of this hymn were taken from a longer poem, “The Brewing of Soma” by American Quaker poet and an advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States, John Greenleaf Whittier.
Hymn Lyrics — Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
1 Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
forgive our foolish ways;
reclothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives thy service find,
in deeper reverence, praise.
2 In simple trust like theirs who heard
beside the Syrian sea
the gracious calling of the Lord,
let us, like them, without a word
rise up and follow thee.
3 O Sabbath rest by Galilee,
O calm of hills above,
where Jesus knelt to share with thee
the silence of eternity,
interpreted by love!
4 Drop thy still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of thy peace.
5 Breathe through the heats of our desire
thy coolness and thy balm;
let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm!
A Brief Biography of John Greenleaf Whittier
John Greenleaf Whittier was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, on December 17, 1807. He began life as a farm-boy and in order to raise money to attend the school, Whittier became a shoemaker. Subsequently, he became a successful journalist, editor, and poet.
HIn 1828 he became editor of the weekly “American Manufacturer” in Boston. In 1830. he became editor of the popular “New England Review” in Hartford, Connecticut. He was one of the founding members of the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1833. In 1847, he became the corresponding editor of “The National Era” one of the most influential abolitionist newspapers in the North.
His first poetical piece “The Exile’s Departure” was printed in the Newburyport Free Press in 1826.
Since then his publications have been numerous, including:—
Voices of Freedom, 1846; Songs of Labor, 1850; Maud Muller, 1856; In War Time, 1864; Snow-Bound, 1866; Among the Hills, 1869; Ballads of New England, 1870; The Pennsylvania Pilgrim, 1872; The Vision of Echard, 1878; The King’s Missive, 1881; and Saint Gregory’s Guest, 1886.