Heavenly Father, bless me now

Heavenly Father, bless me now. Alexander Clark* (1834-1879). This hymn was popular in the 19th century, and is found in a number of books, including two from the Methodist meetings for Sunday-school teachers at Lake Chautauqua, The Chautauqua Collection (1875) and Chautauqua Carols (1878). It is found in Sacred Songs and Solos, in a more intense and urgent evangelical form, with a tune by Robert Lowry*, given a refrain: ‘Bless me now! bless me now! Heavenly Father, bless me now!’  In view of Dr Clark’s career as a Methodist minister it was appropriate that it was also included in many Methodist books, up to and including The Methodist Hymnal (Nashville, Tennessee, 1964, 1966), edited by...

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