Father Within Your House Today / Father Within Thy House Today

This is a hymn for weddings

The words were written by English fiction writer and priest (first Anglican and later Roman Catholic) Robert Hugh Benson (1871-1914).

With meter of 8.8.8.8.88, tunes that it has been set to include:
  • ST CATHERINE by Henri Hemi
  • SURREY


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Examples

Singer with organ (and click-track), tune ST CATHERINE:


Instrumental - organ, tune ST CATHERINE:


Instrumental - brass band, tune ST CATHERINE:


Lyrics

Traditional language:

Father, within Thy House today
We wait Thy kindly love to see;
Since thou hast said in truth that they
Who dwell in love are one with Thee,
Bless those who for Thy blessing wait,
Their love accept and consecrate.

Dear Lord of love, whose Heart of Fire,
So full of pity for our sin,
Was once in that Divine Desire
Broken, Thy Bride to woo and win:
Look down and bless them form above
And keep their hearts alight with love.

Blest Spirit, who with life and light
Didst quicken chaos to Thy praise,
Whose energy, in sin's despite,
Still lifts our nature up to grace;
Bless those who here in troth consent.
Creator, crown Thy Sacrament.

Great One in Three, of Whom are named
All families in earth and heaven,
Hear us, who have Thy promise claimed,
And let a wealth of grace be given;
Grant them in life and death to be
Each knit to each, and both to Thee.

Modern English version

Father, within Your house today
We wait to see your kindly love;
Since You have said in truth that they
Who live in love are one with You,
Bless those who for Your blessing wait,
Their love accept and consecrate.

Dear Lord of love, whose heart of fire,
So full of pity for our sin,
May they who seek You, Lord, desire
All things that are both good and true.
Look down and bless them form above
And keep their hearts alight with love.

Blest Spirit, who with life and light
Inspires us all to sing Your praise,
Whose energy, in sin's despite,
Still lifts our nature up to grace;
Bless those who here in love consent.
Creator, crown Your sacrament.

Great One in Three, of whom are named
All families in earth and heaven,
Hear us, who have Your promise claimed,
And let a wealth of grace be given;
Grant them in life and death to be
Both joined in You, eternally.

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