- (Posted 2016-11-26) CPDL #42075:
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-11-26). Score information: A4, 1 page, 31 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
Title: For thee, my God, for thee alone
Composer: Samuel Wesley
Lyricist: James Drummond Burns
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Hymn Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)
Original text and translations
1 For thee, my God, for thee alone
My spirit longs with ardent love;
On earth beside thee there is none,
And none but thee in heaven above.
2 Fulfil, O God, my heart's desires;
While I look up, look down to bless;
Each holy wish thy grace inspires
May I in thy deep love possess.
3 My soul cleaves heavy to the dust,
But thou canst raise and set it free;
And then, in calm and joyful trust,
It soars from earth to heaven and thee.
4 Now in this stillness, as the breath
Of prayer steals upward to the skies,
O give my soul the wings of faith,
That it to thee may gladly rise;
5 That, breaking through each fleshly link
Which binds its being to the clod,
At life's clear wellspring may it drink,
Rejoicing in the smile of God.