IN HIM WAS LIFE, AND THE LIFE WAS THE LIGHT OF MEN: AND THE LIGHT SHINED IN THE DARKNESS, AND THE DARKNESS DID NOT COMPREHEND IT

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Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, your great name we praise.

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, you rule day and night;
Your justice like mountains high soaring above
Your clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

Life-giving Creator, of both great and small;
Of all life the maker, the true life of all;
We blossom, then wither, as leaves on a tree,
But you live for ever, who is and will be.

Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Your angels adoring, all veiling their sight;
We too, God invisible, offer our praise;
O light inaccessible, Ancient of Days!

Tune: St. Denio 11.11.11.11
Music: Roberts’ Canaidau y Cyssegr, 1839
Text: Walter C. Smith, 1824-1908, alt.

About abyssum

I am a retired Roman Catholic Bishop, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas
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One Response to IN HIM WAS LIFE, AND THE LIFE WAS THE LIGHT OF MEN: AND THE LIGHT SHINED IN THE DARKNESS, AND THE DARKNESS DID NOT COMPREHEND IT

  1. Beautiful! Profound! Prayer to the Ancient of Days!
    (so much better than “alleluia,sing to Jesus” which was our Entrance hymn on Sunday…)

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