132. Immortal, invisible, God only wise

1 Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessèd, 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 praise 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: 2005
Meter: 11 11 11 11
Scripture: 1 Timothy 1:17; 1 Timothy 6:16; Acts 17:25; Daniel 7:9; Daniel 7:13; Daniel 7:22; Isaiah 6:2; Isaiah 64:6; James 1:17; Job 37:23-24; Malachi 3:6; Psalm 36:5-6; Psalm 103:15-17; Psalm 104:1-2; Psalm 104:24-30; Psalm 121:4
Topic: God: in mystery; Light; Providence
Language: English
Tune Information
Meter: 11 11 11 11
Key: A♭ Major
Source: Welsh hymn melody, 1839, founded on a folk melody, slightly adapted

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