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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’*). It appeared in EH and SofP, and was retained in NEH. It is contemporary with Alfred Edward Alston*’s ‘Father most holy, merciful and loving’*, written for the 1904 edition of A&M. Although Dearmer’s first line is a more accurate translation of ‘mitis atque pie’, his diction and syntax in the rest of the hymn are complex, and Alston’s version has appeared in more...

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