Father Most Holy, Merciful, and Tender

Melody - "Herzliebster Jesu", Johann Crüger, 1640; Seq. by Richard Jordan

Unknown, c. 900, tr. by: Percy Dearmer, 1906

Father most holy, merciful, and tender;
Jesus, our Savior, with the Father reigning;
Spirit all-kindly, Advocate, Defender,
Light never waning.

2. Trinity sacred, Unity unshaken;
Deity perfect, giving and forgiving,
Light of the angels, Life of the forsaken,
Hope of all living.

3. Maker of all things, all Thy creatures praise Thee;
Lo, all things serve Thee through Thy whole creation.
Hear us, Almighty, hear us as we raise Thee
Our adoration.

4. To the all-ruling Triune God be glory!
Highest and Greatest, help Thou our endeavor;
We, too, would praise Thee, giving honor worthy
Now and forever.

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