Samuel Wesley
(1766 - 1837)

Wesley : Father of light and life : illustration

Father of light and life
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Publ. 1820 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.
Lyrics: James Thompson

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.