550. O Splendor of God's Glory Bright

1 O Splendor of God's glory bright,
Who bringest forth the light from Light;
O Light of light, light's Fountain-spring;
O Day, our days enlightening:

2 Come, very Sun of truth and love,
Come in Thy radiance from above
And shed the Holy Spirit's ray
On all we think or do today.

3 Likewise to Thee our prayers ascend,
Father of glory without end,
Father of saving grace, for pow'r
To conquer in temptation's hour.

4 Teach us to work with all our might;
Beat back the devil's threatening spite;
Turn all to good that seems most ill;
Help us our calling to fulfil.

5 Direct and govern heart and mind,
With body chaste and disciplined;
Let faith her eager fires renew
And hate the false and love the true.

6 On Christ, the true Bread, let us feed,
Let Him to us be drink indeed,
And let us taste with joyfulness
The Holy Spirit's plenteousness.

7 Oh, joyful be the livelong day,
Our thoughts as pure as morning ray,
Our faith like noonday's glowing height,
Our souls undimmed by shades of night.

8 The dawn begins to speed her way,
Let the true Dawn Himself display,
The Son with God the Father One,
And God the Father in the Son.

9 All praise to God the Father be,
All praise, eternal Son, to Thee,
Whom with the Spirit we adore
Forever and forevermore.


Text Information
First Line: O Splendor of God's glory bright
Title: O Splendor of God's Glory Bright
Latin Title: Splendor paternae gloriae
Author: St. Ambrose, d. 307
Meter: L.M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Topic: Times and Seasons: Morning
Source: Tr. composite
Tune Information
Composer: Nikolaus Herman (1560)
Meter: L.M.
Key: D Major

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