1. O my Father, thou that dwellestIn the high and glorious place,When shall I regain thy presenceAnd again behold thy face?In thy holy habitation,Did my spirit once reside?In my first primeval childhoodWas I nurtured near thy side?
2. For a wise and glorious purposeThou hast placed me here on earthAnd withheld the recollectionOf my former friends and birth;Yet ofttimes a secret somethingWhispered, "You're a stranger here,"And I felt that I had wanderedFrom a more exalted sphere.
3. I had learned to call thee Father,Thru thy Spirit from on high,But, until the key of knowledgeWas restored, I knew not why.In the heav'ns are parents single?No, the thought makes reason stare!Truth is reason; truth eternalTells me I've a mother there.
4. When I leave this frail existence,When I lay this mortal by,Father, Mother, may I meet youIn your royal courts on high?Then, at length, when I've completedAll you sent me forth to do,With your mutual approbationLet me come and dwell with you.
Text: Eliza R. Snow, 1804-1887Music: James McGranahan, 1840-1907
- Hymn Number
- James McGranahan, 1840-1907
- Eliza R. Snow, 1804-1887
- Romans 8:16-17, Acts 17:28-29 (22-31)
- 8 7 8 7 D
- Comfort, Exaltation, Fatherhood, Funeral, God the Father, Home , Motherhood, Plan of Salvation, Premortal Life
- My Redeemer