666. O Splendor of God's Glory Bright

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1 O splendor of God’s glory bright,
from light eternal bringing light;
O Light of Light, light’s living spring,
true Day, all days illumining:

2 Come, Holy Sun of heavenly love,
rain down your radiance from above,
and to our inward hearts convey
the Holy Spirit’s cloudless ray.

3 O joyful be the passing day
with thoughts as clear as morning’s ray,
with faith like noontide shining bright,
our souls unshadowed by the night.

4 O Lord, with each returning morn,
your image to our heart is born;
O may we ever clearly view
our Savior and our God in you.

Text Information
First Line: O Splendor of God's glory bright
Title: O Splendor of God's Glory Bright
Author: Ambrose of Milan (374 c.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: LM
Scripture: Genesis 1:1-3; Malachi 4:2; John 1:1-9; John 8:12; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Hebrews 1:3
Topic: Celebrating Time; Evening; Faith (3 more...)
Source: Trans. composite
Language: English
Tune Information
Adapter: Michael Praetorius (1609)
Meter: LM
Key: D Major
Source: Trier ms., 15th cent.
Notes: (alternate harmonization, 67)

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This morning hymn is based on a Latin text attributed to a 4th-century bishop. It weaves various images of Christ as Light with light-based descriptions of each day’s passing. It is set to a dance-like tune from at least the 15th century that enhances the energy in the text.

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