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Eternal Light, Shine in My Heart

Representative Text

1 Eternal light, shine in my heart;
eternal hope, lift up my eyes:
eternal power, be my support;
eternal wisdom, make me wise.

2 Eternal life, raise me from death;
eternal brightness, make me see:
eternal Spirit, give me breath;
eternal Saviour, come to me:

3 Until by your most costly grace,
invited by your holy word,
at last I come before your face
to know you, my eternal God.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #14b

Author: Alcuin

Alcuin [Alcuinus] Albinus Flaccus, was born in Yorkshire (and probably at York), c. 735. He received his early education under Egbert, Archbishop of York, to whom he was librarian for some time. Subsequently, in 782, at the request of Charlemagne, he went to France and attained there a position of considerable importance. He died at Tours in 804. His connection with hymnology is slight. His Opera were edited by Du Chesne, and published in Paris in 1617. See "Luminis fons, lux et origo lucis," p. 1667, i. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)  Go to person page >

Paraphraser: Christopher M. Idle

Christopher Martin Idle (b. Bromley, Kent, England, 1938) was educated at Elthan College, St. Peter's College, Oxford, and Clifton Theological College in Bristol, and was ordained in the Church of England. He served churches in Barrow-in-­Furness, Cumbria; London; and Oakley, Suffolk; and recently returned to London, where he is involved in various hymnal projects. A prolific author of articles on the Christian's public responsibilities, Idle has also published The Lion Book of Favorite Hymns (1980) and at least one hundred of his own hymns and biblical paraphrases. Some of his texts first appeared in hymnals published by the Jubilate Group, with which he is associated. He was also editor of Anglican Praise (1987). In 1998 Hope Publishing… Go to person page >



Instances (1 - 16 of 16)

Ancient and Modern #14a


Ancient and Modern #14b

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #613

Page Scan

Common Praise #415


Hymnal 1982 #465


Hymnal 1982 #466

Hymnal Supplement II #4

Hymnal #518

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #339a

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #339b

Scripture Song Database #890


The Presbyterian Hymnal #340


The Worshiping Church #545


Together in Song #548

TextPage Scan

Voices United #629


Worship and Rejoice #418

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