O is for “O, My Father”

Music can inspire and uplift us. Works such as The Messiah, by Handel, are a testament to the power of inspirational music. Sometimes, music can teach us…In this hymn written by early Mormon pioneer and Church leader, Eliza R. Snow, is found the doctrine of Heavenly Parents–that we are literally the spirit children of a Father and a Mother in Heaven.

As I read/sing this hymn, I feel that this message is truth. It reminds me of when I first heard the doctrines of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ taught to me by missionaries [stay tuned…coming up in my R post]–it is what I believed in my heart and soul outside of that taught by any organized religion I had known up to that time.

O My Father Lyrics

Text: Eliza R. Snow, 1804–1887
Music: James McGranahan, 1840–1907
  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.
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About Gail

Genealogist, librarian, writer, traveler, Mormon
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5 Responses to O is for “O, My Father”

  1. Yamini Ali MacLean says:

    Hari OM
    Gail, today you have ‘struck a chord’! &*> Music is such a unifying force. Wonderful words, and reading the manuscript had me wanting to hear it. There are several renditions from the MTC – but I greatly enjoyed this orchestrated piano offering… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2UySy-IVHw

    Learning today that Mother is recognised as well as Father by the Mormon doctrine, permit me please to link you to the following, which is a profound prayer and hymn to the Mother in three forms (Durga the protector, Lakshmi the provider and Saraswati the wise), which I hope you will enjoy as a ‘swap’ – an exchange of Love Divine. (it is a modern rendition, more palatable to untrained ears). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMCW0QsYNK8
    Blessings, YAM xx

  2. There are so many beautiful hymns. I was not familiar with “O My Father”. It’s lovely. Weekends In Maine

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