Behold the sun how bright

Behold the sun how bright

Author: Thomas Moore
Published in 12 hymnals

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Behold the sun, how bright
From yonder east he springs,
As if the soul of life and light
Were breathing from his wings.

So bright the gospel broke
Upon the souls of men;
So fresh the dreaming world awoke
In truth’s full radiance then.

Before yon sun arose,
Stars clustered through the sky;
But, O, how dim, how pale, were those,
To his one burning eye!

So truth lent many a ray,
To bless the Pagan’s night;
But, Lord, how faint, how cold, were they,
To Thy one glorious light!

Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #170

Author: Thomas Moore

Moore, Thomas, son of John Moore, a small tradesman at Dublin, was born in that city, May 28, 1779, educated at a private school and Trinity College, Dublin; read at the Middle Temple for the Bar; held a post under the Government in Bermuda for a short time, and died Feb. 26, 1852. His Memoirs, Journal, and Correspondence were published by Lord John Russell in 1855. In that work every detail concerning himself and his numerous publications, most of them of high poetical merit, will be found. His connection with hymnody is confined to his Sacred Songs, which were published in 1816, and again in his Collected Works, 1866. These Songs were 32 in all, and were written to popular airs of various nations. Of these Songs the following have passed… Go to person page >

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First Line: Behold the sun how bright
Author: Thomas Moore