God of our Fathers

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God of Our Fathers is a 19th Century American Christian hymn, written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence in 1876.

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Listen to the beginner piano arrangement of God of our Fathers.



God of Our Fathers is a 19th Century American Christian hymn, written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence in 1876.

The hymn was written by Daniel C. Roberts, who served as a minister in the Episcopal Church. In 1892, Roberts sent the hymn anonymously to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church to be considered by a group tasked with revising the Episcopal hymnal. If the group accepted his hymn, Roberts said he would send them his name. The commission approved it. The hymnal editor and organist George W. Warren were to choose a hymn for the celebration of the Centennial of the United States Constitution. They chose Roberts’ lyrics, which were originally sung to a tune called “Russian Hymn.” Warren wrote a new tune called “National Hymn.”