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O Light of Light, Love Given Birth

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1. O Light of light, Love given birth;
Jesus, Redeemer of the earth:
more bright than day your face did show,
your raiment whiter than the snow.

2. Two prophets, who had faith to see,
with your elect found company,
the heavens above your glory named,
the Father's voice his Son proclaimed;

3. May all who seek to praise aright
through purer lives show forth your light.
To you, the King of glory, now
all faithful hearts adoring bow.

Source: Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #133

Translator: Laurence Housman

Housman, Lawrence, author and artist, was born July 18, 1867, at Bromsgrove, Worcs. His devotional poetry is principally in his Spikenard, 1898, and Bethlehem, 1902. To the English Hymnal, 1906, he contributed eight translations (142, 188, 191, 228, 229, 230, 231, 234); also three original hymns, with a fourth previously published, viz.:— 1. Lord God of Hosts, within Whose hand. St. George. 2. The Maker of the sun and moon. Christmas. From Bethlehem, 1902, p. 75. 3. The Saint who first found grace to pen. St. Mark. 4. When Christ was born in Bethlehem. Holy Innocents. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O Light of Light, Love given birth
Title: O Light of Light, Love Given Birth
Translator: Laurence Housman (1865-1959, alt.)
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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Catholic Book of Worship III #434

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Hymnal 1982 #133

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Hymnal 1982 #134

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