Monday, April 13, 2020

Father, Let Me Dedicate - #118

 Norma A. Boeckler's Artwork

"Father, Let Me Dedicate"
by Lawrence Tuttiett, 1825-1897

1. Father, let me dedicate
All this year to Thee,
In whatever earthly state
Thou wilt have me be.
Not from sorrow, pain, or care
Freedom dare I claim;
This alone shall be my prayer:
Glorify Thy name.

2. Can a child presume to choose
Where or how to live?
Can a father's love refuse
All the best to give?
More Thou givest every day
Than the best can claim
Nor withholdest aught that may
Glorify Thy name.

3. If in mercy Thou wilt spare
Joys that yet are mine;
If on life, serene and fair,
Brighter rays may shine,
Let my glad heart while it sings
Thee in all proclaim
And, whate'er the future brings,
Glorify Thy name.

4. If Thou callest to the cross
And its shadow come,
Turning all my gain to loss,
Shrouding heart and home,
Let me think how Thy dear Son
To His glory came
And in deepest woe pray on:
"Glorify Thy name."

The Lutheran Hymnal
Hymn #118
Text: 1 Peter 2:9
Author: Lawrence Tuttiett, 1864
Tune: "Glorification"
1st Published in: Gossner's _Choralbuch_
Town: Leipzig, 1832, ad

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