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O My Father

About the Song

Text by Eliza R. Snow; Melody from John Wyeth’s “Repository of Sacred Music,” Part Second; Arranged by Sally DeFord

In this arrangement, Eliza R. Snow’s text is set to the tune we recognize as “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” This is a very simple arrangement, without even a single key change. The obbligato is written for two C instruments, and is optional.

Lyrics

O my Father, thou that dwellest
In the high and glorious place,
When shall I regain thy presence
And again behold thy face?
In thy holy habitation,
Did my spirit once reside?
In my first primeval childhood
Was I nurtured near thy side?

For a wise and glorious purpose
Thou hast placed me here on earth
And withheld the recollection
Of my former friends and birth;
Yet ofttimes a secret something
Whispered, “You’re a stranger here,”
And I felt that I had wandered
From a more exalted sphere.

I had learned to call thee Father,
Thru thy Spirit from on high,
But, until the key of knowledge
Was restored, I knew not why.
In the heav’ns are parents single?
No, the thought makes reason stare!
Truth is reason; truth eternal
Tells me I’ve a mother there.

When I leave this frail existence,
When I lay this mortal by,
Father, Mother, may I meet you
In your royal courts on high?
Then, at length, when I’ve completed
All you sent me forth to do,
With your mutual approbation
Let me come and dwell with you.

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4 Comments

  1. Dee

    Sally,

    It’s been awhile since I’ve been on your website and I thought there was a recording of O My Father. I tried looking under Playlist and Soundcloud. Is there a list my alphabetical song list (choir or solo) that references the mp3/youtube location?

    Thank you,

    Reply
  2. Juliana Chacin

    This looks amazing, don’t you have this recorded? I’ll love to hear it.

    Reply
  3. Layne Christensen

    Sally,
    I really like your arrangement of O My Father but as a beginner choir director I don’t know how to use two instruments with this song. Can this be performed with just a piano? We are limited for instrumentalists.
    Your thoughts?

    Thanks,
    Layne

    Reply
    • sallydeford

      It will work fine with just piano. The instruments are optional. 🙂

      Reply

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