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THE ARK

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Selections From The Ark Number 212 - Summer 2009

HYMN TO THE BLEST CREATOR

By Revv. GF Tull and GP King
(First published, The Ark 109 August 1973)

(Suggested Tune: ‘All Saints’, E.H. 304)

1. Holy God, in the beginning,
Thou didst make this earth so fair:
But mankind, by wilful sinning,
Seeds of enmity sowed there;
Cast out of the Garden’s shade
Men and beasts now walk afraid.

2. All are Thine, O Blest Creator,
All that live and breathe and move:
Creatures of the farm or forest,
Wild and tame, Thy love still prove –
Love which sees the sparrow’s fall,
Love which wills to ransom all.

3. Nineveh, that sinful city,
Thou didst will that Thou shouldst spare
For the thousands of the people
And the many cattle there:
Into us Thy love instil,
Make us ever do Thy will.

4. As the Prophet in the desert,
Raven-fed, gave praise to Thee;
As the dog was Tobit’s comfort
In his journey o’er the sea –
Open Thou our eyes to see
All creation one in Thee.

5. In the fulness of the promise
He, the Shepherd of the sheep,
Shared the lodging of the oxen;
Though the world was wrapped in sleep,
There they knew their Infant Lord
Angels, Saints and beasts adored.

6. To the City of His Passion
On the donkey’s back He rode,
Gentle steed with peaceful mien,
Bearing our Redemption’s load;
Still today he bears the sign
Of His Human load Divine.

7. Through a stag was brought conversion
To Saint Hubert, hunter brave;
Francis preached to birds of heaven
Anthony to fish in wave:
So may we Thy Will descry
In all creatures ‘neath the sky.

8. Laud and Honour to the Father,
Laud and Honour to the Son,
Laud and Honour to the Spirit,
Ever Three yet ever One:
In all things, Blest Trinity,
May we all Thy glory see!

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