What Our Father Does Is Well

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Melody - "Ratisbon", from the Sächsisches Choralbuch, Leipzig, 1815; Seq. by Richard Jordan
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Benjamin Schmolck, 1720; German text

What our Father does is well:
Blessed truth His children tell!
Though He send, for plenty, want,
Though the harvest-store be scant,
Yet we rest upon His love,
Seeking better things above.

2. What our Father does is well,
Shall the wilful heart rebel
If a blessing He withhold
In the field or in the fold?
Is He not Himself to be
All our store eternally?

3. What our Father does is well,
Though He sadden hill and dell,
Upward yet our praises rise
For the strength His Word supplies.
He has called us sons of God;
Can we murmur at His rod?

4. What our Father does is well,
May the thought within us dwell!
Though no milk nor honey flow
In our barren Canaan now,
God can save us in our need,
God can bless us, God can feed.

5. Therefore unto Him we raise
Hymns of glory, songs of praise,
To the Father and the Son
And the Spirit, Three in One,
Honor, might, and glory be
Now and through eternity.


This hymn is really verses, 1,3,7, and 8 of the longer German original.

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