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As Thou didst rest, O Father, o’er nature’s finished birth

As Thou didst rest, O Father, o’er nature’s finished birth. Alfred Barry* (1826-1910). This hymn was written before 1886, when it appeared in Henry Allon*’s Congregational Psalmist Hymnal. It was subsequently included in William Garrett Horder*’s The Hymn Lover: an account of the rise and growth of English Hymnody (1889) and in Horder’s Worship Song (1889, 1905). It was also found in the revised edition of Church Hymns (1903), music editor Charles H. Lloyd (assisted by Basil Harwood*). In 1912 it was included in the Rossall School book Hymnarium in Usum Rossalliensium, and it was also in Lady Victoria Carbery*’s Church Hymnal for the Christian Year (1917, 1920).  For a short period it was...

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