For thee, my God, for thee alone (Samuel Wesley)

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  • (Posted 2016-11-26)  CPDL #42075:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-11-26).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 31 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: For thee, my God, for thee alone
Composer: Samuel Wesley
Tune: Bristol
Lyricist: James Drummond Burns

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

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Original text and translations

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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.