François-Hippolyte Barthélemon
(1741 - 1808)

Father of light and life
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Published c.1800.
Lyrics: James Thomson

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-ending bliss.