Saturday, 7 September 2019

This Is My Father's World Hymn Story and Lyrics

This Is My Father's World Hymn Story

There are a number of Christian songs that were originally just written as poems with the authors not intending to produce songs. This Is My Father's World fits that pattern as it was written as a poem by Maltbie Davenport Babcock.

It was a poem made up of sixteen verses of four lines each. Unfortunately, the author died in 1901 before the poem was set to music by Franklin L Sheppard in 1915.

Maltbie Davenport Babcock was a minister of the Word in New York when he came up with this poem. He is said to have enjoyed going to a cliff that gave him a view of the beautiful Lake Ontario. 

When going out for these walks he would tell his wife that he was "going out to see my father's world.
Maltbie Davenport Babcock

This Is My Father's World Lyrics


1 This is my Father's world,
And to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world:
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas--
His hand the wonders wrought.

2 This is my Father's world:
The birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white,
Declare their Maker's praise.
This is my Father's world:
He shines in all that's fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass,
He speaks to me everywhere

3 This is my Father's world:
O let me ne'er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father's world:
Why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King: let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let earth be glad! 

For more lyrics and stories of old hymns click here.

This Is My Father's World Video

Below is a youtube video of Amy Grant singing this beautiful hymn.


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