Thou glorious Lord! mine eyes at last unsealed
Behold Thee now—
In sudden radiance to my soul revealed,
Light, sight, art Thou.
One moment—and the night has passed away,
Unbarred the prison;
And I pass forth to God’s eternal day,
The dead arisen.
One moment—and I see Thy glorious Face
Look down on me,
Unutterable love that fills all space,
Where’er I be.
Here, nearer than myself, and far away
Thou shinest, Light of that celestial day,
“The Lord is there.”
Thou showest me the land of living springs,
The land that lies
Beneath the shadow of Thy mighty wings,
The glory of Thine eyes.
And all is lit with love that hath no end,
Wherein for ever wheresoe’er I wend
I live and move.
Such, O my God, that moment of delight—
The sudden light that shone
Upon the fields of Bethlehem at night—
Thou givest me Thy Son.
* * * * *
And now the silence of the dead is past;
My ears have heard
The voice of Him who is the First and Last,
The living Word.
But not in one short moment hath He told
His heart to me,
The everlasting love that was of old,
That evermore shall be.
My ears have heard the first entrancing chord
Of that unending song,
The joyful psalm, the music of the Lord,
So sweet, so long.
The song that through the everlasting days
The Lord’s belovèd hears;
His Light has filled illimitable space,
His Voice, eternal years.
O glorious moment of the opened eyes,
O endless years of songs of Paradise
For ears unsealed!
Hymns of Ter Steegen and Others (Second Series), 1899
Bevan, Emma Frances, née Shuttleworth, daughter of the Rev. Philip Nicholas Shuttleworth, Warden of New Coll., Oxford, afterwards Bishop of Chichester, was born at Oxford, Sept. 25, 1827, and was married to Mr. R. C. L. Bevan, of the Lombard Street banking firm, in 1856.
Mrs. Bevan published in 1858 a series of translations from the German as Songs of Eternal Life (Lond., Hamilton, Adams, & Co.), in a volume which, from its unusual size and comparative costliness, has received less attention than it deserves, for the trs. are decidedly above the average in merit. A number have come into common use, but almost always without her name, the best known being those noted under “O Gott, O Geist, O Licht dea Lebens," and "Jedes Herz will etwas… Go to person page >