"I’m going out to see my Father’s world."…

Following his Syracuse University education and theological training at Auburn Theological Seminary, Maltbie Babcock became the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Lockport, New York, in 1882.

Maltbie had been an outstanding athlete in college, and he delighted in running and hiking through the beautiful countryside during his pastorate in Lockport.

As he left for a run or hike, he was known to say, “I’m going out to see my Father’s world.

Before Maltbie left Lockport in 1887, to pastor the Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland, he wrote a poem with sixteen stanzas – each beginning with the words, “This is My Father’s World.”

Maltbie was just 42 years old when on May 18, 1901, he died of a bacterial infection en-route to the Holy Land – the trip a gift from the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City where he was pastoring at the time.

That same year, Maltbie’s writings, including the lovely hymn “This Is My Father’s World“, were compiled by his wife and published into a book entitled Thoughts for Everyday Living.

School Days
by Maltbie Davenport Babcock

Lord, let me make this rule,
To think of life as school,
And try my best
To stand each test,
And do my work,
And nothing shirk.

Should someone else outshine
This dullard head of mine,
Should I be sad?
I will be glad.
To do my best,
Is Thy behest.

If weary with my book,
I cast a wistful look
Where posies grow,
O let me know
That flowers within
Are best to win.

Dost take my book away
Anon to let me play,
And let me out
To run about?
I grateful bless
Thee for recess.

Related: Nature-Deficit Disorder — Have Our Children Forgotten How to Play Outdoors? a wonderful article by Dr. Al Mohler.

Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan

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