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One thy light, the temple filling

Full Text

1 One Thy Light, the Temple filling,
Holy, Holy, Holy, Three!
Meanest men and brightest angels
Wait alike the word from Thee;
Highest musings, lowliest worship,
Must their preparation be.

2 Now Thou speakest,--hear we trembling,--
From the glory comes a voice,
Who accepts th'Almighty's mission?
Who will make Christ's work his choice?
Who for us proclaim to sinners,
Turn, believe, endure, rejoice?

3 Here are we, Redeemer, send us!
But because Thy work is fire
And our lips unclean and earthly,
Breathe no breath of high desire,
Send Thy seraph from the altar,
Veiled, but in his bright attire.

4 Cause him, Lord, to fly full swiftly
With the mystic coal in hand,
Sin-consuming; soul-transforming
Faith and love will understand.
Touch our lips, Thou wondrous Mercy,
With Thine own keen healing brand.

5 Thou didst come that fire to kindle;
Fain would we Thy torches prove,
Far and wide Thy beacons lighting
With th'undying spark of love.
Only feed our flame, we pray Thee,
With Thy breathings from above.

6 Now to God, the soul's Creator,
To His Word and Wisdom sure,
To His all-enlightening Spirit,
Patron of the frail and poor,
Three in One, be praise and glory
Here and while the heavens endure.

Amen.



Source: The Lutheran Hymnal #641

Author: John Keble

Keble, John, M.A., was born at Fairford, in Gloucestershire, on St. Mark's Day, 1792. His father was Vicar of Coln St. Aldwin's, about three miles distant, but lived at Fairford in a house of his own, where he educated entirely his two sons, John and Thomas, up to the time of their entrance at Oxford. In 1806 John Keble won a Scholarship at Corpus Christi College, and in 1810 a Double First Class, a distinction which up to that time had been gained by no one except Sir Robert Peel. In 1811 he was elected a Fellow of Oriel, a very great honour, especially for a boy under 19 years of age; and in 1811 he won the University Prizes both for the English and Latin Essays. It is somewhat remarkable that amid this brilliantly successful career,… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: One thy light, the temple filling
Author: John Keble

Tune

REGENT SQUARE (Smart)

Henry T. Smart (PHH 233) composed REGENT SQUARE for the Horatius Bonar (PHH 260) doxology "Glory be to God the Father." The tune was first published in the English Presbyterian Church's Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (1867), of which Smart was music editor. Because the text editor of that hymna…

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Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition #553
The Lutheran Hymnal #641TextPage Scan
The St. Alban Hymnal #d332



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