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O One with God the Father

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1 O One with God the Father
In majesty and might,
The brightness of His glory,
Eternal Light of Light;
O'er this our home of darkness
Thy rays are streaming now;
The shadows flee before Thee,
The world's true Light art Thou.

2 Yet, Lord, we see but darkly:
O heavenly Light, arise!
Dispel these mists that shroud us,
And hide Thee from our eyes!
We long to track the footprints
That Thou Thyself hast trod:
We long to see the pathway
That leads to Thee our God.

3 o Jesu, shine around us
With radiance of Thy grace;
O Jesu, turn upon us
The brightness of Thy face.
We need no star to guide us,
As on our way we press,
If Thou Thy light vouchsafest,
O Sun of Righteousness.


The Hymnal: revised and enlarged as adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892

Author: William Walsham How

How, William Walsham, D.D., son of William Wybergh How, Solicitor, Shrewsbury, was born Dec. 13, 1823, at Shrewsbury, and educated at Shrewsbury School and Wadham College, Oxford (B.A. 1845). Taking Holy Orders in 1846, he became successively Curate of St. George's, Kidderminster, 1846; and of Holy Cross, Shrewsbury, 1848. In 1851 he was preferred to the Rectory of Whittington, Diocese of St. Asaph, becoming Rural Dean in 1853, and Hon. Canon of the Cathedral in 1860. In 1879 he was appointed Rector of St. Andrew's Undershaft, London, and was consecrated Suffragan Bishop for East London, under the title of the Bishop of Bedford, and in 1888 Bishop of Wakefield. Bishop How is the author of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Commen… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O One with God the Father
Author: William Walsham How (1871)
Meter: D
Language: English


Scripture References:
st. 1-3 = 1 John 1:5-7
st. 3 = Mal. 4:2

Written by William W. How (PHH 279), this text was originally called "O One with God the Father." It was published in the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge's Church Hymns (1871), of which How was editor. Because the "One" in the original tide seemed very impersonal, the first line was altered to strengthen the reference to Christ.

The controlling metaphor in this text comes from Jesus' own words, "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12; light is an important metaphor for Christ throughout John's gospel). The three stanzas of this text constitute a prayer in which we confess that Jesus is the light (st. 1), that we see "but dimly" (st. 2), and that we need the light of Christ to illumine our way (st. 3).

Liturgical Use:
Epiphany; any service that focuses on the "light of the world" theme.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



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