Like as a father pities his child,
So the Lord pities the sinner defiled;
Waiteth in kindness,
Pities our blindness,
Longeth to welcome, though often reviled.
Like as a father when we believe,
Merciful still, He will gladly receive;
Listens to hear us,
Blesses to cheer us,
Pities whenever His Spirit we grieve.
Like as a father, ever the same,
He hath created, and knoweth our frame;
Watcheth the straying,
Guardeth the praying,
Bids us to trust in His almighty name.
Like as a father, constant is He,
God in compassion regardeth our plea;
In need He cometh,
Precious His promise:
Father in heaven forever to be.