We pray thee, heavenly Father (William Lloyd)

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  • (Posted 2019-01-20)   CPDL #52963:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2019-01-20).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 49 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Words and music from The New English Hymnal. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: We pray thee, heavenly Father
Composer: William Lloyd
Lyricist: Vincent Coles

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:

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External websites: http://www.embassyingers.de

Original text and translations

English.png English text

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. All that we have to offer,
For it is all thine own,
All gifts, by thine appointment,
In bread and cup are shown;
One thing alone we bring not,
The wilfulness of sin,
And all we bring is nothing
Save that which is within.

3. Within the pure oblation,
Beneath the outward sign,
By that his operation, –
The Holy Ghost divine, –
Lies hid the sacred Body,
Lies hid the precious Blood,
Once slain, now ever glorious,
Of Christ our Lord and God.

4. Wherefore, though all unworthy
To offer sacrifice,
We pray that this our duty
Be pleasing in thine eyes;
For praise, and thanks and worship,
For mercy and for aid,
The Catholic oblation
Of Jesus Christ is made.