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O Vaterherz das Erd und Himmel chuf

A. Knapp.

O Father-heart, who hast created all

In wisest love, we pray

Look on this babe, who at Thy gracious call

Is entering on life's way,

Bend o'er it now with blessing fraught,

And make Thou something out of nought,

O Father-heart!


O Son of God, who diedst for us, behold

We bring our child to Thee,

Thou tender Shepherd take it to Thy fold,

Thine own for aye to be;

Defend it through this earthly strife,

And lead it on the path of life,

O Son of God!

O Holy Ghost, who broodest o'er the wave,

Descend upon this child;

Give it undying life, its spirit lave

With waters undefiled;

Grant it while yet a babe to be

A child of God, a home for Thee,

O Holy Ghost!

O Triune God, what Thou command'st is done,

We speak, but Thine the might:

This child hath scarce yet seen our earthly sun,

Yet pour on it Thy light,

In faith and hope, in joy and love,

Thou Sun of all below, above,

O Triune God!

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