#123 Oh, May My Soul Commune with Thee

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1. Oh, may my soul commune with thee
And find thy holy peace;
From worldly care and pain of fear,
Please bring me sweet release.

2. Oh, bless me when I worship thee
To keep my heart in tune,
That I may hear thy still, small voice,
And, Lord, with thee commune.

3. Enfold me in thy quiet hour
And gently guide my mind
To seek thy will, to know thy ways,
And thy sweet Spirit find.

4. Lord, grant me thy abiding love
And make my turmoil cease.
Oh, may my soul commune with thee
And find thy holy peace.

Text and music: Lorin F. Wheelwright, 1909-1987 (c) 1958, 1985 Lorin F. Wheelwright.

-History: (Source: Wikipedia)

Lorin F. Wheelwright (1909–1987) was an American Latter-day Saint hymnwriter, composer, musical instructor and educator.

Wheelwright was the son of David S. Wheelwright and Valborg Rasmussen. His mother was an immigrant from Denmark. Wheelwright was the younger brother of D. Sterling Wheelwright, who was one of his early music teachers. He was raised in a Latter-day Saint home where hymn singing was common.[1] While still young he was a Sunday School pianist, and then wardchoir pianist in the Ogden 12th Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[2]

Wheelwright studied under Edward P. Kimball and Alexander Schreiner. He then studied at Columbia University and the Juilliard School of Music. He received a master’s degree from theUniversity of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.[2]

Wheelwright succeeded J. Spencer Cornwall as the head of music education for the Salt Lake Public Schools. He also taught at Oswego Teachers College in New York. He was also a professor at Branch Agricultural College. After retiring as an educator Wheelwright formed a publishing company.[2]

From 1956 until at least 1971 Wheelwright served as a member of the Sunday School General Board of the LDS Church.[3] He also served for a time as associate editor of The Instructor, the LDS Church’s Sunday School magazine before the consolidation of church magazines in 1971.

In 1967, Wheelwright became the dean of the BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications (Brigham Young University). In 1969, Wheelwright started the Mormon Arts Festival. In 1973, he was succeeded by Lael J. Woodbury as the dean and was made a special assistant to BYU President Dallin H. Oaks.[4]

Among the hymns that Wheelwright wrote are “O Love That Glorifies the Son”, “Help Me Teach With Inspiration” and “Oh, May My Soul Commune with Thee”. He also wrote the words and music to “Come, All Ye Saints and Sing His Praise”, which is not in the 1985 English edition of the LDS Church hymnal but was in previous editions.

Wheelwright also wrote “Mother I Love You”, a song in the Primary Children’s Songbook. He also edited and published an autobiography of his mother.[5]