O Father, All Creating

1. O Father, all creating, Whose wisdom, love, and pow'r First bound two lives together In Eden's primal hour, Today to these Thy children Thy earliest gifts renew: A home by Thee made happy, A love by Thee kept true.

2. O Savior, Guest most bounteous Of old in Galilee, Vouchsafe today Thy presence With these who call on Thee; Their store of earthly gladness Transform to heav'nly wine, And teach them, in the tasting To know the gift is Thine.

3. O Spirit of the Father, Breathe on them from above, So mighty in Thy pureness, So tender in Thy love; That, guarded by Thy presence, From sin and strife kept free, Their lives may own Thy guidance, Their hearts be rul'd by Thee.

4. Except Thou build it, Father, The house is built in vain; Except Thou, Savior, bless it, The joy will turn to pain; But naught can break the union Of hearts in Thee made one, And love Thy Spirit hallow'd Is endless love begun.

Words: John Ellerton, 1876.
Music: 'Aurelia' Samuel Sebastian Wesley, 1864.
Setting: "Order of worship for the Reformed Church in the United States", 1866.
copyright: public domain. This score is a part of the Open Hymnal Project, 2012 Revision.

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