512. O Christ, Our True and Only Light

1 O Christ, our true and only Light,
Enlighten those who sit in night;
Let those afar now hear Thy voice
And in Thy fold with us rejoice.

2 Fill with the radiance of Thy grace
The souls now lost in error's maze
And all whom in their secret minds
Some dark delusion haunts and blinds.

3 Oh, gently call those gone astray
That they may find the saving way!
Let ev'ry conscience sore opprest
In Thee find peace and heav'nly rest.

4 Oh, make the deaf to hear Thy Word
And teach the dumb to speak, dear Lord,
Who dare not yet the faith avow,
Though secretly they hold it now.

5 Shine on the darkened and the cold,
Recall the wanderers to Thy fold.
Unite all those who walk apart,
Confirm the weak and doubting heart,

6 So they with us may evermore
Such grace with wondering thanks adore
And endless praise to Thee be given
By all Thy Church in earth and heaven.


Text Information
First Line: O Christ, our true and only Light
Title: O Christ, Our True and Only Light
German Title: O Jesu Christ, whares Licht
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1858, alt.)
Author: Johann Heermann (1630)
Meter: L.M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Topic: The Church: Missions
Tune Information
Meter: L.M.
Key: G Major
Source: "Nürnbergisches Gesangbuch," 1676

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