Scripture Verse

Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. Psalm 97:11


John Keble (1792–1866)

Words: Au­thor un­known (Φως ίλαρὸν άγίας δόξης). Trans­lat­ed from Greek to Eng­lish by John Ke­ble, 1834.

Music: Sun­down John H. Gow­er, 1890 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Gow­er (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Hail, gladdening Light, of His pure glo­ry poured,
Who is immortal Fa­ther, heavenly blest;
Highest and holiest—Je­sus Christ our Lord!
Now are we come to the sun’s hour of rest;
All times are ordered in Thy Word alone,
Therefore the day and night Thy glo­ries own.

The lights of evening now around us shine;
We hymn Thy blest humanity di­vine;
Worthiest art Thou at all times to be sung,
By grateful hearts, with undefilèd tongue,
Son of our God, Giver of life, alone!
Therefore shall all the worlds Thy glo­ries own.