God of our fathers, unto Thee
God of our fathers, unto Thee. Arthur Campbell Ainger* (1841-1919).
In EH (1906) this hymn was published ‘By permission of Novello & Co., Ltd.’, which suggests that it had been issued earlier. It appeared with a tune, ETONA, by Ainger’s younger colleague at Eton, Arthur Murray Goodhart (1866-1941), written for the unusual metre of 88. 88. 88. 88. 88. Goodhart was Precentor at Eton from 1875 to 1892, and the hymn may have been written and set to music during those years, and published in leaflet form.
In EH it was marked as ‘Suitable for National Thanksgivings and other occasions.’ It had three stanzas:
God of our fathers, unto thee Our fathers cried in danger’s hour, And then...
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