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O Light serene of heavenly birth

O Light serene of heavenly birth

Translator: John Brownlie
Published in 1 hymnal

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O Light serene of heavenly birth,
No dawn Thy glory knew;
No night shall chase Thy beams from earth,
Nor clouds pursue.

Eternal day, where Thou dost shine
Illumes the hallowed place,
And souls reflect Thy light divine,
O Lord of Grace.

O, from Thy dazzling throne come down,
To gild our darkness here,
And rend the clouds that threatening frown,
And chase our fear.

Unfading in our souls abide,
To give more beauties rare,
Than paint the earth in Summer time
When flowers are there.

O Christ, our Lord, here clouds obscure,
And beauty fades from sight;
But bring us where Thy joys endure,
In lasting light.

Translator: John Brownlie

Brownlie, John, was born at Glasgow, Aug. 6, 1859, and was educated at Glasgow University, and at the Free Church College in the same city. In 1884 he was licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow; in 1885 he became Assistant Minister of the Free Church, Portpatrick, and on the death of the Senior Minister in 1890 he entered upon the full charge of the Church there. He has interested himself in educational matters, became a Member of the local School Board in 1888, a governor of Stranraer High School in 1897, and Chairman of the governors in 1901. His hymnological works are:— 1. The Hymns and Hymnwriters of the [Scottish] Church Hymnary, 1899. This is a biographical, historical, and critical companion to that hymnal, and is well done and… Go to person page >

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First Line: O Light serene of heavenly birth
Translator: John Brownlie
Language: English