O Christ, the eternal light

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1 O Christ, the eternal Light
Of every sun and sphere!
Illumine thou our mortal night,
And keep our spirits clear.

2 Let nothing evil smite
Nor enemy invade,
And let us stainless be, and white,
By nothing base betrayed.

3 Guard thou the hearts of all,
But chiefly of thine own;
And hold us that we may not fall,
Through thy great might alone!

4 That so our souls may sing,
When favoring light they see,
And every vow a tribute bring
To God in Trinity!

Source: Laudes Domini: a selection of spiritual songs ancient & modern (Abr. ed.) #504

Author: Magnus F. Ennodius

Ennodius, Magnus Felix, was born at Aries, circa 473, and was connected with several Romans of distinction. Losing his property at an early age through the invasion of the Visigoths, he went to Milan, where he was received and educated by an aunt. In 489, through the death, of his aunt, he was again reduced to destitution: but soon retrieved his fortunes by marrying a lady of wealth. A recovery from a dangerous sickness led him to reflect on his somewhat dissolute character, and to change his whole life. His wife retired into a convent, and he was ordained Deacon by the Bishop of Pavia. Under Pope Hermisdas he was advanced to the see of Pavia about 514, and was employed on two important missions to the Emperor Anastasius in order to oppose… Go to person page >

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First Line: O Christ, the eternal light
Author: Magnus F. Ennodius
Copyright: Public Domain



Although this tune is widely attributed to Isaac Smith and was published in Smiths Collection of Psalm Tunes, London, ca. 1780, Smith does not claim to be the composer. The tune also appeared in other books of similar or earlier date. Southern Harmony, 1835 attributes the tune to J. Street. - From T…

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