Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind

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"Dear Lord and Father of Mankind" is a hymn with lyrics taken from a poem, "The Brewing of Soma" by American Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whittier. Find the lyrics and meaning, plus video performance below!

1 Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
forgive our foolish ways;
reclothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives thy service find,
in deeper reverence, praise.

2 In simple trust like theirs who heard
beside the Syrian sea
the gracious calling of the Lord,
let us, like them, without a word
rise up and follow thee.

3 O Sabbath rest by Galilee,
O calm of hills above,
where Jesus knelt to share with thee
the silence of eternity,
interpreted by love!

4 Drop thy still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of thy peace.

5 Breathe through the heats of our desire
thy coolness and thy balm;
let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm!

Songwriters John Greenleaf Whittier Published by Public Domain

The Story Behind Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind

The Brewing of Soma is the John Whittier poem from which the hymn is taken. Soma was a sacred ritual drink in Vedic religion, going back to Proto-Indo-Iranian times, potentially with hallucinogenic properties.

The narration is of Vedic priests brewing and consuming Soma in an attempt to experience divinity. It describes the whole population getting drunk on Soma. It compares this to some Christians' use of "music, incense, vigils drear, and trance, to bring the skies nearer, or lift men up to heaven!" But all in vain - as it is mere intoxication.

Whittier ends by describing the true method for contact with the divine, as practised by Quakers: Sober lives devoted to doing God's will, pursuing peace and selflessness in order to hear the "still, small voice", described in I Kings 19:11-13 as the authentic voice of God, rather than earthquake, wind or fire.

 


 

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