Scripture Verse

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Numbers 6:24–26

Introduction

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Horatius Bonar (1808–1889)

Words: Ho­ra­ti­us Bo­nar, Hymns of Faith and Hope, third ser­ies, 1866. Post-Com­mun­ion Hymn.

Music: Si­cil­ian Ma­ri­ners, from The Eu­ro­pe­an Ma­ga­zine and Lon­don Re­view, No­vem­ber 1792 (re­peats pen­ul­ti­mate line of each verse) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Banes Charles F. Bland­ner, in The Ba­ptist Hymn and Tune Book, ed­it­ed by John M. Ev­ans (Phi­la­del­phia Penn­syl­van­ia: Am­eri­can Bap­tist Pub­li­ca­tion So­cie­ty, 1871), page 306 (re­peats last two lines of each verse) (🔊 pdf nwc)

Lyrics

Now, in part­ing, Fa­ther, bless us;
Saviour, still Thy peace be­stow;
Gracious Com­fort­er, be with us,
As we from Thy ta­ble go!
Bless us, bless us,
Father, Son, and Spi­rit, now!

Bless us here, while still as stran­gers,
Onward to our home we move;
Bless us with eter­nal bless­ings,
In our Fa­ther’s house above.
Ever, ev­er
Dwelling in the light of love.