Prospering Presence


Tune: Aberystwyth

('Jesu, lover of my soul')

Adapted from 'Prayer to God the Father'

A prayer by St Irenaeus of Lyons, 130-202AD


To you, Lord God, I appeal

God of Abraham, hear still

God of Jacob, Israel

Father of our Lord as well

Our Lord Jesus Christ is He

He your true Son ever be

Infinitely merciful

As you are, give grace to all


It is your will we should learn

To know you, your ways discern

You made heaven and earth, you

Rule supreme o'er all, 'tis true

You are the true, the only

God, and there sure never be

Any god above you, for

You are Lord for evermore


I ask through our Lord Jesus

Christ, and the gifts unto us

Of the Holy Spirit, pray

I that all who read this day

What I have written, that they

May know you, not turn away

Because you are God alone

Your Son does for us atone


Let the people from your draw

Strength, keep them from the allure

Of all teaching false, but true

Guide them in the truth of you

And keep them from heresies

And what irreligious be

And what is godless, so they

Follow you closer each day

  • Author: orchidee (Offline Offline)
  • Published: February 5th, 2023 03:16
  • Comment from author about the poem: A hymn-poem in format.
  • Category: Spiritual
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  • Neville

    I've got a thing about sevens too sir..

    • orchidee

      Thanks N. Bingo! It's some hymns by Charles Wesley - he liked them 7's.
      I could have put it as (D for Ditto)!

    • Goldfinch60

      Good one Orchi.

      • orchidee

        Thanks Gold.

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