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"O My Father" (song)

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thumb|408px|right| The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings "O My Father" during the Sunday afternoon session of the 179th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held at the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah in April 2009. "O My Father" Hymn #292

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, Youre 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 heavns are parents single? No, the thought makes reason stare! Truth is reason; truth eternal Tells me Ive 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 Ive completed All you sent me forth to do, With your mutual approbation Let me come and dwell with you.

Text: Eliza R. Snow, 1804-1887

Music: James McGranahan, 1840-1907

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