Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Excellent hymn Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Author: John Greenleaf Whittier (1872)

Whittier started as a shoe salesman (as did D L Moody).  He was an American Quaker poet and advocate of the abolition of slavery.

Most of the verses can be used as prayers.

There are quite a few town (and a college) named Whittier, including Whittier, IA (unincorporated), just NE of Cedar Rapids.