“I Thank Thee, O Father!”

“I Thank Thee, O Father!”

Return of the Seventy.

(The Gospel History, Section 88)

In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou didst hide these things from the wise and understanding, and didst reveal them unto babes: yea, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in thy sight. All things have been delivered unto me of my Father: and no one knoweth who the Son is, save the Father: neither doth any know who the Father is, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son willeth to reveal him.

“I Thank Thee, O Father!”

(The Saviour of the World, Vol VI Book I Poem XIV)

The Lord beheld the Seventy, simple men
To whom He had discoursed of mighty themes;
And, lifting up His eyes, to praise was fain
The righteous Father, Who th’ unlearnéd deems

Worthy to know; the simple heart sincere,
The little child who few things apprehends
But brings discriminating vision clear,—
To such as these the Father condescends.

The Lord, discerning, lifted thankful heart,
Loving the Seventy, that it was God’s will
To shew His mysteries where is no art
To darken counsel with man’s subtle skill.

So is it still; the Lord’s mind who would know,
With a child’s heart shall wait for Him to shew.

St. Luke x. 21, 22.
St. Matthew xi. 25-27.

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