377. Immortal, invisible, God only wise

1 Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessèd, 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 Great Father of glory, pure Father of 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
Author: W. Chalmers Smith, 1824-1908
Meter: 11 11 11 11
Language: English
Publication Date: 1986
Tune Information
Name: ST DENIO
Meter: 11 11 11 11
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Welsh song (adapted); John Roberts's Caniadau y Cyssegr, 1839



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