- (Posted 2016-11-28) CPDL #42123:
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-11-28). Score information: A4, 1 page, 27 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
Title: Father, I know that all my life
Composer: Charles Steggall
Lyricist: Anna Laetitia Waring
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Hymn Meter: 86. 86. 86
Original text and translations
1 Father, I know that all my life
Is portioned out for me,
The changes that are sure to come
I do not fear to see;
I ask thee for a present mind
Intent on pleasing thee.
2 I ask thee for a thoughtful love,
Through constant watching wise,
To meet the glad with joyful smiles,
To wipe the weeping eyes;
A heart at leisure from itself,
To soothe and sympathise.
3 I ask thee for the daily strength
To none that ask denied;
A mind to blend with outward life,
While keeping at thy side;
Content to fill a little space,
If thou be glorified.
4 Whatever in the world I am,
In whatsoe'er estate,
I have a fellowship with hearts
To keep and cultivate,
A work of lowly love to do
For him on whom I wait.
5 In service which thy will appoints
There are no bonds for me;
My inmost heart is taught the truth
That makes thy children free;
A life of self-renouncing love
Is one of liberty.