Father of light and life (Samuel Wesley)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2019-07-09).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 139 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: Father of light and life
Composer: Samuel Wesley
Lyricist: James Thompsoncreate page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularUnknown

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1820
Description: Published as a single item under the title "Invocation of the Diety (sic) (from Thompson's Seasons)". It is uncertain whether Wesley intended its use as a serious glee (as had other setters of these words), or as an anthem.

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Original text and translations

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Father of light and life, thou good supreme,
O teach me what is good; teach me Thyself.
Save me from folly, vanity and vice,
From ev'ry low pursuit,
And feed my soul with knowledge,
Conscious peace and virtue pure,
Sacred, substantial, never-fading bliss.