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Give me the wings of faith to rise – San Rocco

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Give me the wings of faith to rise
New Church Praise; NEH 225ii
author of text

Isaac Watts, known as the father of the English hymn, published this hymn in 1707. It expresses powerfully the continuity of the life of the saints in heaven and that of the Church on earth, without underestimating any of the hardships of our life. The tune for this hymn needs to soar with the words. This richly textured, thoroughly modern tune was written by Derek Williams when he was organ scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge, for the choir to sing at a service in 1968 in Lichfield Cathedral, commemorating Bishop Selwyn, the founder of the college. The composer named the tune in recollection of a visit to the Scuola San Rocco in Venice, with its many Tintoretto paintings.

from notes by Alan Luff © 1999


The English Hymn, Vol. 1 - Christ Triumphant
CDP12101Archive Service


Track 9 on CDP12101 [2'19] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDP12101 track 9

Recording date
16 June 1999
Recording venue
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
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  1. The English Hymn, Vol. 1 - Christ Triumphant (CDP12101)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: November 1999
    Deletion date: February 2021
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