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393. 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,
then wither and perish, but nought changeth thee.

4 Great Source of all glory and wisdom and 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
Title: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Author: Walter Chalmers Smith (1824-1908)
Publication Date: 1998
Meter: 11 11 11 11
Scripture: Exodus 13:17-22; Nehemiah 9:5-25; Job 28:12-28; Psalm 27; Psalm 36:5-12; Psalm 102; Isaiah 2:1-5; Isaiah 45:1-12; Daniel 2:20-23; Daniel 7:1-3; Daniel 7:9-10; Daniel 7:13-18; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; James 1:17-27
Topic: Angels; Praise of God
Tune Information
Adapter: John Roberts of Henllan (1808-1876)
Meter: 11 11 11 11
Key: A♭ Major
Source: Welsh trad.; Caniadau y Cyssegr, 1839; harm. The English Hymnal, 1906

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