A Poor Brother's Hymnal
Thursday, March 02, 2006
  Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

John Greenleaf Whittier, 1872

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. :|


This hymn is a part of "The Brewing of Soma." The storyline is of Vedic priests going into the forest and drinking themselves into a drunken stupor with a concoction called "soma." The purpose is have a religious experience and contact the spirits of the netherworld. The words of this hymn follow showing the futility of trying to find God through some "experience".
 
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