O Father, whose creating hand
O Father, whose creating hand. Donald Hughes* (1911-1967).
This harvest hymn was not published in the author’s lifetime. It was found among his papers following his accidental death in 1967, and published in the Methodist supplement to MHB, Hymns and Songs (1969). It must have been admired by John Whitridge Wilson*, who played a large part in the committee for that book, and who, with Erik Routley* as co-editor, printed it in Hymns for Celebration (Croydon: RSCM, 1974).
It was included subsequently in Broadcast Praise (1981) and in HP. In Canada it appeared in the Catholic Book of Worship III (Ottawa, 1994). It was originally written in the ‘thee’ and ‘thou’ form:
O Father, whose...
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