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Dear Lord and Father

Kevin McCarter  •  Digital Sheet Music (DSM)


The music responds to the images of the poem’s four stanzas, creating a solo of devotion, spiritual strength, and peace.

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Dear Lord and Father
Music by: Kevin McCarter
Lyrics by: John Greenleaf Whittier (slightly adapted)

Dear Lord and Father of us all,
Forgive our foolish ways;
Reclothe us in our rightful mind;
In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.

In simple trust like theirs who heard,
Beside the Syrian sea,
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word
Rise up and follow thee.

Breathe through the pulses of desire
Thy coolness and Thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind and fire,
O still small voice of calm.

Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from us now the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.

© 2006