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12. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

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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 Thou reignest in glory; thou dwellest in light.
Thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight.
All praise 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 (1867, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: Exodus 33:20; Job 23:1-17; Job 37:21-24; Psalm 27:1; Psalm 36:6; Psalm 90:5-6; Psalm 104:1-5; Psalm 121:3-4; Psalm 147:8; Isaiah 6:2-3; Daniel 7:9; Luke 10:21-22; John 1:1-14; John 8:12; Acts 17:25; Romans 16:27; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 4:6; 1 Timothy 1:17; 1 Timothy 6:15-16; James 1:10-17; 1 John 1:5; Revelation 21:23
Topic: Adoration; Christian Year: Reign of Christ; Creation (2 more...)
Language: English
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Composer: Unknown
Key: G Major
Source: Welsh folk melody; arr. Caniadau y Cyssegr, 1839

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The opening line of this hymn was inspired by the three divine attributes listed in 1 Timothy 1:17 (King James Version), and it continues by considering how God’s life exceeds our own finite existence. The text is well set to a Welsh melody shaped by many three-note units.

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