We pray thee, heavenly Father (John Bacchus Dykes)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-08-28). Score information: A4, 1 page, 21 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: From Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
Original text and translations
1. We pray Thee, heavenly Father, to hear us in Thy love,
And pour upon Thy children the unction from above;
That so in love abiding, from all defilement free,
We may in pureness offer our Eucharist to Thee.
2. Be Thou our Guide and Helper, O Jesus Christ, we pray;
So may we well approach Thee, if Thou wilt be the Way;
Thou, very Truth, hast promised to help us in our strife,
food of the weary pilgrim, eternal source of life.
3. And Thou, creator Spirit, look on us, we are Thine;
Renew in us Thy graces, upon our darkness shine;
That, with Thy benediction upon our souls outpoured,
We may receive in gladness the body of the Lord.
4. O Trinity of Persons, O Unity most high,
On Thee alone relying, Thy servants would draw nigh:
unworthy in our weakness, on Thee our hope is stayed,
and blessed by Thy forgiveness, we will not be afraid.