Arthur S. Sullivan, 1874
German; Albert Knapp, 1841;
Tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1858;
Father of heaven, who hast created all
In wisest love, we pray,
Look on this child, who at thy gracious call
Is entering on life's way!
O make it thine, thy blessing give,
That to thy glory it may live,
Father of heaven!
O Son of God, atoning Lord, behold
We bring this child to thee;
Take it, O loving Shepherd, to thy Fold
For ever thine to be:
Defend it through this earthly strife,
And lead it in the path of life,
O Son of God!
O Holy Ghost, who broodest o'er the wave,
Descend upon this child;
Give it undying life, its spirit lave
With waters undefiled;
And make it evermore to be
A child of God, a home for thee,
O Holy Ghost!
O Triune God, what thou hast willed is done;
We speak: but thine the might;
This child hath scarce yet seen our earthly sun,
Yet pour on it thy light
Of faith, and hope, and joyful love,
Thou Sun of all below, above,
O Triune God.