1 O Light, from age to age the same,
O ever-living Word,
Here have we felt thy kindling flame,
Thy voice within have heard.
2 Here holy thought and hymn and prayer
Have winged the spirit’s powers,
And made these walls divinely fair,
Thy temple, Lord, and ours.
3 What visions rise above the years,
What tender memories throng,
Till each eye fills with happy tears,
Each heart with happy song!
4 Vanish the mists of time and sense;
They come, the loved of yore,
And one encircling providence
Holds all for evermore.
5 O not in vain their toil, who wrought
To build faith’s freer shrine;
Nor theirs, whose steadfast love and thought
Have watched the fire divine.
6 Burn, holy Fire, and shine more wide!
While systems rise and fall,
Faith, hope, and charity abide,
The heart and soul of all.
Source: Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church in America #247