Words: John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892), stanzas 12 and 16 from “The Brewing of Soma” (1872)
Music: M. Searle Wright (1918-2004), from Ten Orisons, ©1961
Recording: The Compline Choir, live broadcast , 23 Sep 2012
Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways!
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives thy service find,
In deeper rev’rence, praise.
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.