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O God of Light and Life and Joy

O God of Light and Life and Joy

Translator: John Brownlie
Published in 1 hymnal

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O God of Light and Life and Joy,
Blest Trinity! my soul employ
While I have power to sing:
No song too glad to raise to Thee,
Eternal, glorious Trinity,--
No gift too rich to bring.

When darkness brooded o'er the earth,
At thy command light had its birth,
And night and darkness fled;
And still, where hearts are bound in night,
Thou speak'st the word, "Let there be light,"
And noontide beams are shed.

Death held the Christ of God enchained,
The grave the Lord of Life restrained,
And eyes were filled with tears;--
Awoke the morn in eastern skies!
Behold, the Lord of Life arise!
Farewell to mortal fears!

O joyless still the spirit sighs,
And fearful looks to ebon skies,
And stars begin to shine;--
Lo! overhead the bright array,
The night is shining as the day,
When hopes and fears entwine.

O God of Light and Life and Joy,
Blest Trinity, my soul employ
While I have power to sing:
No song too glad to raise to Thee,
Eternal, glorious Trinity,
No gift too rich to bring.

Hymns of the Holy Eastern Church, 1902

Translator: John Brownlie

Brownlie, John, was born at Glasgow, Aug. 6, 1859, and was educated at Glasgow University, and at the Free Church College in the same city. In 1884 he was licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow; in 1885 he became Assistant Minister of the Free Church, Portpatrick, and on the death of the Senior Minister in 1890 he entered upon the full charge of the Church there. He has interested himself in educational matters, became a Member of the local School Board in 1888, a governor of Stranraer High School in 1897, and Chairman of the governors in 1901. His hymnological works are:— 1. The Hymns and Hymnwriters of the [Scottish] Church Hymnary, 1899. This is a biographical, historical, and critical companion to that hymnal, and is well done and… Go to person page >

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First Line: O God of Light and Life and Joy
Translator: John Brownlie
Meter: 8.8.6.8.8.6
Language: English
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