Father of light and life (Samuel Wesley)
- (Posted 2019-07-09) CPDL #54721:
- 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.
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.
Original text and translations
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.