A heavenly splendor from on high

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1 A heavenly splendour from on high,
a light too great for mortal eye,
deprives the hunter of his prey
and turns his threatening wrath away.

2 In darkened eyes, an inward light
begins to shine upon his sight,
as in his heart he hears the call
to follow, and surrender all.

3 The Christ, for sinners crucified,
whose risen power he had denied,
now claims this servant for his own,
and bids him make the gospel known.

4 The nations listen to his voice,
and in the peace of Christ rejoice;
the Church on earth his praises sing,
who led the Gentiles to their King.

5 Blest Paul, the convert of the Lord,
may heaven's light to us afford
a blindness to the lures of sin,
that we with thee a crown may win

6 To God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Spirit, Three in One,
from saints on earth and saints in heaven,
let everlasting praise be given.

Source: CPWI Hymnal #757

Author: G. B. Timms

Full name George Boorne Timms Go to person page >

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First Line: A heavenly splendor from on high
Author: G. B. Timms
Language: English
Copyright: Permission granted by Canterbury Press Norwich



Dmitri Stephanovich Bortnianski (b. Gloukoff, Ukraine, 1751; d. St. Petersburg, Russia, 1825) was a Russian composer of church music, operas, and instrumental music. His tune ST. PETERSBURG (also known as RUSSIAN HYMN) was first published in J. H. Tscherlitzky's Choralbuch (1825). The tune is suppo…

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