Hymns for Susannah

2019 marks the 350th anniversary since the birth of Susannah Wesley on 20 January 1669.

Susannah was the mother of John and Charles Wesley, and a remarkable woman in her own right. Andrew Pratt has written two hymns inspired by the anniversary, made available here unedited and exclusively to readers of the Singing the Faith newsletter.

The wisdom of women

The wisdom of women, so often determines
the paths that we take from the moment of birth;
both nature and nurture define through our growing:
a life hardly noticed or fame upon earth.

As parents we live out our lives through our children,
restraining, controlling or letting them grow;
demanding obedience, enabling their freedom,
or opening doors, simply letting them go.

The care and compassion received in the cradle
can influence choices and actions we take,
the growth of our faith, or our arrogant conflict,
the walls that we build, or the bridges we make.

From humble beginnings faith leaders are nurtured,
in just such a crib can a tyrant be found,
a mother or father can model commitment,
God’s graciousness planted in gently tilled ground.

And so we remember the strength of our parents,
their place in informing what we have become,
and those who through history have parented leaders
extending their influence through daughter or son.

Words: Andrew Pratt January 2019 © 2019 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England, http://www.stainer.co.uk. Please include any reproduction for local church use on your CCL Licence returns. All wider and any commercial use requires prior application to Stainer & Bell Ltd.

Tunes: Andrew wrote the words with the tunes St Catherine’s Court (H&P 660) and the popular melody Streets of Laredo in mind. In Singing the Faith, The Road and the Miles to Dundee (STF 604) works well.

Metre: 12.11.12.11

Not just a shadow

Not just a shadow in the past,
a smudge on history’s page,
but women shared their faith themselves
and took the centre stage.

Not just content to live their lives
through children they had borne,
but standing, speaking, preaching love,
in face of fear or scorn.

Their sons might take the central place,
convention seemed to rule,
but wisdom played a different hand:
showed prejudice a fool.

So now we stand where they once stood,
defiant in God’s grace,
no crude constraint will turn us back
in any time or place!

Words: Andrew Pratt January 2019 © 2019 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England, http://www.stainer.co.uk. Please include any reproduction for local church use on your CCL Licence returns. All wider and any commercial use requires prior application to Stainer & Bell Ltd.

Tunes: Andrew wrote the words with the tunes Shanti by Marty Haugen and Abridge (StF 436i) in mind. Because this is a Common Metre text, a good many alternatives are also available in Singing the Faith.

Metre: CM

Categories: Uncategorized.

2 Responses to Hymns for Susannah

  1. Pfungwa Ndoro says:

    Lovely lyrics.

  2. Julia Preston says:

    I like your new hymns, Andrew. Best wishes, Julia Preston

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