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676. Immortal, invisible, God only wise

1 Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

2 Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;
thy justice like mountains high soaring above
thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

3 To all life thou givest, to both great and small;
in all life thou livest, the true life of all;
we blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
and wither and perish; but naught changeth thee.

4 Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
all laud we would render: O help us to see
'tis only the splendour of light hideth thee.

Text Information
First Line: Immortal, invisible, God only wise
Author: Walter Chalmers Smith (1824-1908)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 11 11 11 11
Scripture: Isaiah 40:6-8; 1 Timothy 1:17
Topic: Angels; God: in majesty; God: in mystery (10 more...)
Tune Information
Arranger (last stanza): Barry Rose (b. 1934)
Meter: 11 11 11 11
Key: A♭ Major
Source: Adapted from a Welsh song set to a hymn in John Roberts's Caniadau y Cyssegre, 1839
Copyright: Adaptation: © Barry Rose

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