Father most holy, merciful and loving (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2020-12-06)  CPDL #61853:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-12-06).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 29 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
  • (Posted 2020-12-06)  CPDL #61852:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-12-06).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 111 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.

General Information

Title: Father most holy, merciful and loving
Composer: Anonymous
Tune: Chartres (Angers)
Lyricist: Alfred Edward Alstoncreate page

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Unison
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 11 11. 11 5

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published: 1784
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 94
Description: Melody from Chartres Antiphoner, 1784

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Original text and translations

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Father most holy, merciful and loving,
Jesu, Redeemer, ever to be worshipped,
life-giving Spirit, Comforter most gracious,
God everlasting;

Three in a wondrous Unity unbroken,
One perfect Godhead, love that never faileth,
light of the angels, succour of the needy,
hope of all living;

All thy creation serveth its Creator,
thee every creature praiseth without ceasing;
we too would sing thee psalms of true devotion:
hear, we beseech thee.

Lord God Almighty, unto thee be glory,
One in three Persons, over all exalted.
Thine, as is meet, be honour, praise and blessing
now and for ever.