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124. O very God of very God

1 O very God of very God,
And very Light of Light,
Whose feet this earth's dark valley trod,
That so it might be bright:

2 Our hopes are weak, our fears are strong,
Thick darkness binds our eyes;
Cold is the night, and oh, we long
That Thou, our Sun, wouldst rise!

3 And even now, though dull and gray,
The east is brightening fast,
And kindling to the perfect Day
That never shall be past.

4 O guide us till our path be done,
And we have reached the shore
Where Thou, our everlasting Sun,
Art shining evermore!

5 We wait in faith, and turn our face
To where the daylight springs,
Till Thou shalt come our gloom to chase,
With healing on Thy wings.

6 To God the Father, power and might
Both now and ever be;
To Him that is the Light of Light,
And, Holy Ghost, to Thee.

Text Information
First Line: O very God of very God
Author: John Mason Neale (1844)
Meter: C. M.
Publication Date: 1868
Topic: Advent; Advent, First Sunday; Lent, Third Sunday (1 more...)
Notes: Alternate tune #204
Tune Information
Meter: C. M.
Key: E♭ Major
Notes: Composer from index: Giardini, d. 1796

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