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314. 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 like leaves on the tree,
then 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 splendor of light hideth thee.

Text Information
First Line: Immortal, invisible, God only wise
Title: Immortal, invisible, God only wise
Author: Walter Chalmers Smith, 1824-1908
Publication Date: 2000
Meter: 11 11 11 11
Scripture: 1 Timothy 1:17; Daniel 7:9-22; Isaiah 6:1-3; Isaiah 40:7-8; James 1:17; Psalm 36:6
Topic: Joy, Praise and Thanksgiving; Year A: Epiphany 4; Year B: Advent 2 (8 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Meter: 11 11 11 11
Key: G Major or modal
Source: Adapted from a traditional Welsh hymn melody in John Roberts' "Caniadu y Cyssegr" (1839)

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