Command thy blessing from above,
O God, on all assembled here;
behold us with a Father's love,
while we look up with filial fear.
Command thy blessing, Jesus, Lord,
may we thy true disciples be;
speak to each heart the mighty word;
say to the weakest: follow me.
Command thy blessing, in this hour,
Spirit of truth, and fill this place
with humbling and with healing power,
with quickening and confirming grace.
O thou, our Maker, Savior, guide,
one true eternal God confessed,
may naught in life or death divide
the saints in thy communion blest.
(4 November 1771 – 30 April 1854)