Blessed be the God and Father (Samuel Sebastian Wesley)

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General Information

Title: Blessed be the God and Father
Composer: Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Source of text: 1 Peter 1:3–5, 15, 17, 22b, 23a, 24 (Authorized Version, slightly altered), plus "Amen"

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

Published:

Description: Composed for Easter Sunday evensong at Hereford Cathedral, 1834, when only trebles and a single bass voice were available (this explains the abundance of unison ATB phrases). Parts for either two treble soloists or a divided treble line.

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Original text and translations

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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which according to his abundant mercy
hath begotten us again unto a lively hope
by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled,
that fadeth not away,
reserved in heaven for you,
Who are kept by the power of God
through faith unto salvation
ready to be revealed at the last time.

But as he which hath called you is holy,
so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.
Pass the time of your sojourning here in fear.

Love one another with a pure heart fervently.
See that ye love one another.
Love one another with a pure heart fervently:

Being born again,
not of corruptible seed,
but of incorruptible,
by the word of God.

For all flesh is as grass,
and all the glory of man
as the flower of grass.
The grass withereth,
and the flower thereof falleth away.

But the word of the Lord endureth for ever.
Amen.