Father most holy, merciful and tender
Father most holy, merciful and tender. Latin, 10th century, translated by Percy Dearmer* (1867-1936). This is a translation of ‘O pater sancte, mitis atque pie’, a hymn of the 10th century on the Holy Trinity (see ‘Trinity hymns’*), written for EH. It appeared in EH and SofP, and was retained in NEH:
Father most holy, merciful and tender;Jesus our Saviour, with the Father reigning;Spirit all-kindly, Advocate, Defender, Light never waning;
Trinity sacred, Unity unshaken;Deity perfect, giving and forgiving,Light of the angels, Life of the forsaken, Hope of all living;
Maker of all things, all thy creatures praise thee;Lo, all things serve thee through thy whole creation:Hear us, Almighty,...
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