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O My Father hymn

An LDS (= Mormon ) hymn. Interesting in terms of LDS theology in that it is the only documented reference to the "Heavenly Mother", who is assumed to exist but remains unacknowledged in LDS/Mormon theology with the sole exception of the below.

O My Father, Hymn #292 - Eliza R. Snow

1. O my Father, thou that dwellest In the high and glorious place, When shall I regain thy presence And again behold thy face? In thy holy habitation, Did my spirit once reside? In my first primeval childhood, Was I nurtured near thy side?

2. For a wise and glorious purpose Thou hast placed me here on earth And withheld the recollection Of my former friends and birth; Yet ofttimes a secret something Whispered,"You're a stranger here," And I felt that I had wandered From a more exalted sphere.

3. I had learned to call thee Father, Thru thy Spirit from on high, But, until the key of knowledge Was restored, I knew not why. In the heav'ns are parents single? No, the thought makes reason stare! Truth is reason, truth eternal Tells me I've a mother there.

4. When I leave this frail existence, When I lay this mortal by, Father, Mother, may I meet you In your royal courts on high? Then, at length, when I've completed All you sent me forth to do, With your mutual approbation Let me come and dwell with you.

Text of hymn found at http://people.uleth.ca/~anderson/hymns/292.htm



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