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This month's Free Tablature is
"This Is My Father's World"

Maltbie D. Babcock (lyrics) - 1901

Franklin L. Sheppard (music) - 1915

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In honor of the upcoming Father's Day celebration that will take place later this month, this month's free tab is an arrangement of the hymn "This Is My Father's World".  Maltbie Davenport Babcock was Presbyterian minister at a small church in Lockport, NY, a small town on the Erie Canal a few miles northeast of Niagara Falls.  Babcock enjoyed hiking along the Niagara Escarpment, an ancient ridge in the vicinity that afforded spectacular view of farms, orchards, and Lake Ontario in the far distance.   He would tell his wife as he left home that he was "going out to see his Father's world".   Babcock was an avid poet, and upon returning from one of these hikes, he was inspired to write down a 6-stanza poem in his journal that he titled "My Father's World".   Later that year, while traveling home from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, he contracted a fever which ultimately claimed his life.  Shortly after his death, Babcock's wife published a compilation of his poetry entitled "Thoughts for Every-Day Living", which included the poem "My Father's World".  She sent a copy of the book to Franklin L. Sheppard, a noted hymn writer of the time, who had also been a close friend of Babcock's.   Sheppard arranged an old English folk melody to fit the lyrics, and it quickly became one of the most popular hymns across the U.S., and eventually around the world.   Originally published with all 6 of Babcock's verses, today it is usually limited to the first 3 stanzas.

 Here is a link to a YouTube video of this song being performed by the Wheaton Academy Concert Choir. 

This is a 2-part arrangement (melody and bass), so find a playing partner, and enjoy!

In music and friendship,




This is my Fatherís world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Fatherís world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Fatherís world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Makerís praise.
This is my Fatherís world: He shines in all thatís fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Fatherís world. O let me neíer forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Fatherís world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heavín be one.

This is my Fatherís world, dreaming, I see His face.
I ope my eyes, and in glad surprise cry, ďThe Lord is in this place.Ē
This is my Fatherís world, from the shining courts above,
The Beloved One, His Only Son,
Cameóa pledge of deathless love.

This is my Fatherís world, should my heart be ever sad?
The lord is Kingólet the heavens ring. God reignsólet the earth be glad.
This is my Fatherís world. Now closer to Heaven bound,
For dear to God is the earth Christ trod.
No place but is holy ground.

This is my Fatherís world. I walk a desert lone.
In a bush ablaze to my wondering gaze God makes His glory known.
This is my Fatherís world, a wanderer I may roam
Whateíer my lot, it matters not,
My heart is still at home.


JPG Dulcimer





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