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Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
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God my Father, loving me,
Gave his Son, my friend to be;
Gave his Son, my form to take,
Bearing all things for my sake.
Jesus still remains the same
As in days of old he came;
As my brother by my side,
Still he seeks my steps to guide.
How can I repay thy love,
Lord of all the hosts above?
What have I, a child, to bring
Unto Thee, thou heavenly king?
I have but myself to give:
Let me to thy glory live;
Let me follow, day by day,
Where thou showest me the way.
George Wallace Briggs (1875-1959)
G W Briggs was a leading hymn writer of the first half of the 20th century, and a number of his texts continue to be powerfully effective. He was active in the production of Songs of Praise (1925 and 1931) and books stemming from it, and wrote this hymn in 1927 for Songs of Praise for Boys and Girls (1930). He thought little of it himself, but it is simply and effectively written and apart from the one reference to ‘child’ might be sung by adults. It survives into recent hymnbooks.
The tune’s name does not reflect any connection with the city, but simply its German origin, having been first published in Stuttgart in 1799. It came into use in English books in the mid 19th century and has been useful ever since.