672. O Gladsome Light

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1 O gladsome light, O grace
of our Creator's face,
the eternal splendor wearing:
celestial, holy, blest,
our Savior Jesus Christ,
joyful in your appearing.

2 As fades the day's last light,
we see the lamps of night
our common hymn outpouring,
O God of might unknown,
you, the incarnate Son,
and Spirit blest adoring.

3 To you of right belongs
all praise of holy songs,
O Son of God, Life-giver;
you, therefore, O Most High,
the world does glorify
and shall exalt forever.

Text Information
First Line: O gladsome light, O grace
Title: O Gladsome Light
Paraphraser: Robert Seymour Bridges (1899, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: Psalm 104:1-2; Isaiah 49:6; John 1:4-9; John 8:12; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Philippians 2:9-11; Revelation 1:13-16
Topic: Celebrating Time; Evening; Light (2 more...)
Source: Phos hilaron, 3rd cent.
Language: English
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Claude Goudimel (1565)
Key: F Major or modal

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This paraphrase of a 3rd-century Christian lamplighting hymn (see also nos. 671 and 673) was created by an English poet who, as a former parish choirmaster, had developed a keen musical sensitivity. He wrote with this Genevan tune in mind, which initiated this continuing pairing of words and music.

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