#150 O Thou Kind and Gracious Father

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Lyrics:

1. O thou kind and gracious Father,
Reigning in the heav’ns above,
Look on us, thy humble children;
Fill us with thy holy love.
Fill us with thy holy love.

2. We have met this Sabbath morning,
Words of life and truth to hear.
Teach us how to ever serve thee
And thy holy name revere,
And thy holy name revere.

3. Help us to resist temptation;
Help us to refrain from ill.
Help us all to gain salvation;
Help us all to do thy will.
Help us all to do thy will.

Text: Charles Denney Jr., 1849-1937
Music: George Careless, 1839-1932

-History: (Source: Wikipedia)

Written By: Charles Denney Jr.

Music By: George Careless

George Edward Percy Careless (September 24, 1839 – March 5, 1932) was a prominent Latter-day Saint composer and conductor.

Careless was born in LondonEngland.[1] As a child he studied at the Royal Academy in London. He performed at Exeter HallDrury Lane and the Crystal Palace.

In the early 1860s Careless joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and in 1864 he immigrated to Utah Territory. It was while on the ship crossing the ocean that he wrote a musical arrangement for Parley P. Pratt‘s hymn The Morning Breaks.

Shortly after coming to Salt Lake City, Careless became the conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as well as of the Salt Lake Theatre orchestra. He also conducted performances by the Salt Lake Opera Company. Among his students was the future conductor of the Tabernacle choir, J. Spencer Cornwall.[2]

Besides The Morning Breaks (hymn #1), Careless also composed the music to the following hymns in the 1985 Latter-day Saint hymnal: #40 “Arise, O Glorious Zion”, #122 “Though Deepening Trials”, #145 “Prayer Is the Soul’s Sincere Desire”, #150 “O Thou Kind and Gracious Father”, #178 “O Lord of Hosts”, #186 “Again We Meet Around the Board”, #191 “Behold the Great Redeemer Died” and #192 “He Died! The Great Redeemer Died”.