I Will Be a Child of Peace is an arrangement of the Shaker Hymn tune, O Holy Father, which has been attributed to Alonzo Gilman of the Shaker Community in Alfred, Maine in 1851. I was originally drawn to this song by the beautiful simplicity of the Shaker melody, unique 5/4 meter, and most importantly, the uplifting text of a prayer for peace and purity.
This piece is particularly suitable for times of uncertainty. Perfect as a warm, affirmative call or response to prayer. Also available SATB or TTBB.
O Holy Father I will be
a child of peace and purity.
For well I know Thy hand will bless
the seeker after righteousness.