Teach Me, My God and King (Elixir)
Composer Sue Mitchell-Wallace
Text George Herbert
Voicing SATB and organ
Topic Life's Work
Length 2' 25" Price $1.15 (U.S.) Released 3/94
Catalog no. 418-608 Difficulty Moderately difficult
"Sue Mitchell-Wallace uses phrase extensions well to focus on key issues of 'Teach me, my God and King' and an A-B-A structure to set four stanzas cleverly in the form of three. I have minor reservations about her occasional parallel sevenths and fifths since they are not consistent enough to be stylistic, but occur in places which can cost valuable rehearsal time." -AAM Journal, December 1994
Description An elegant setting of a poem that reminds us of the inportance of our daily work, and how we, as Christians, should approach our labors.
Teach me, teach me, my God and king,
in all things thee to see,
and what I do in anything,
to do it as for thee:
Not rudely as a beast,
to run into action;
but still to make thee prepossest,
and give it his perfection.
A servant with this clause
makes drudgery divine:
who sweeps a room, as for thy laws,
makes that and the action fine.
This is the famous stone,
that turneth all to gold:
for that which God doth touch and own
cannot for less be told.
Text: George Herbert