Almighty Father, God of love

Almighty Father, God of love. Hester Periam Hawkins* (1846-1928).  This hymn was not included in the list of Hawkins’ hymns by James Mearns* in Appendix II of JJ (p. 1646). It may have been written after the completion of the Appendix. It is included here because it was the best known of her hymns in America (British books preferred ‘Heavenly Father, may thy blessing’*, although the present hymn was in FHB, 1933). The editors would welcome information about the composition and first publication. What follows is a summary of the work of, to which we are greatly indebted.  The first page scan is from The Hymnal of Praise (New York, 1913). It had five stanzas:  Almighty Father, God...

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