Father, hear thy children's call


Refrain:
God the Father, God the Son,
God the Spirit, Three in One,
hear us from thy heavenly throne:
Spare us, holy Trinity.


Part I

Father, hear thy children's call;
humbly at thy feet we fall,
prodigals, confessing all:
we beseech thee, hear us.

Christ, beneath thy cross, we blame
all our life of sin and shame;
penitent we breathe thy Name:
we beseech thee, hear us.

Holy Spirit, grieved and tried,
oft forgotten and defied,
now we mourn our stubborn pride:
we beseech thee, hear us.

Love, that caused us first to be,
Love, that bled upon the tree,
Love, that draws us lovingly:
we beseech thee, hear us.

We thy call have disobeyed,
into paths of sin have strayed,
and repentance have delayed:
we beseech thee, hear us.

Sick, we come to thee for cure,
guilty, seek thy mercy sure,
evil, long to be made pure:
we beseech thee, hear us.

Blind, we pray that we may see;
bound, we pray to be made free;
stained, we pray for sanctity:
we beseech thee, hear us.

Thou who hear'st each contrite sigh
bidding sinful souls draw nigh,
willing not that one should die.
we beseech thee, hear us. Amen.

Part II

By the gracious saving call,
spoken tenderly to all
who have shared man's guilt and fall.
we beseech thee, hear us.

By the nature Jesus wore,
by the stripes and death he bore,
by his life for evermore:
we beseech thee, hear us.

By the love that longs to bless,
pitying our sore distress,
leading us to holiness:
we beseech thee, hear us.

By the love so calm and strong,
patient still to suffer wrong
and our day of grace prolong:
we beseech thee, hear us.

By the love that speaks within,
calling us to flee from sin,
and the joy of goodness win:
we beseech thee, hear us.

By the love that bids thee spare,
by the heaven thou dost prepare,
by thy promises to prayer:
we beseech thee, hear us. Amen.

Part III

Teach us what thy love has borne,
that, with loving sorrow torn,
truly contrite we may mourn:
we beseech thee, hear us.

Gifts of light and grace bestow;
help us to resist the foe,
fearing what alone is woe:
we beseech thee. hear us.

Let not sin within us reign;
may we gladly suffer pain,
if it purge away our stain:
we beseech thee, hear us.

May we to all evil die,
fleshly longings crucify;
fix our hearts and thoughts on high:
we beseech thee, hear us.

Grant us faith to know thee near,
hail thy grace, thy judgment fear,
and through trial persevere:
we beseech thee, hear us.

Grant us hope from earth to rise,
and to strain with eager eyes
towards the promised heavenly prize:
we beseech thee, hear us.

Grant us love, thy love to own,
love to live for thee alone,
and the power of grace make known:
we beseech thee, hear us.

All our weak endeavors bless,
as we ever forward press;
lead us on to holiness:
we beseech thee, hear us.

Lead us daily nearer thee
till at last thy face we see,
crowned with thine own purity:
we beseech thee, hear us. Amen


Words: Thomas Henson Pollock, alt.

Music, Part I: Lebbaeus
Music, Part II: Westerly
Music, Part III, Farnaby

Meter: 77 76

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