Scripture Verse

I am the light of the world. John 8:12


Words: Au­re­li­us C. Pru­den­ti­us (348–413) (Lux ec­ce sur­git au­rea). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by R. Mar­tin Pope, The Hymns of Pru­den­ti­us, 1905, and re­vised in The Eng­lish Hym­nal (Lon­don: Ox­ford Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 1906).

Music: Ware­ham Will­iam Knapp, 1738 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Pru­den­ti­us or Pope (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

William Knapp (1698–1768)


Lo! gold­en light re­kin­dles day:
Let pal­ing dark­ness steal away,
Which all too long o’er­whelmed our gaze
And led our steps by wind­ing ways.

We pray Thee, ris­ing light se­rene,
E’en as Thy­self our hearts make clean;
Let no de­ceit our lips de­file,
Nor let our souls be vexed by guile.

O keep us, as the hours pro­ceed,
From ly­ing word and ev­il deed;
Our rov­ing eyes from sin set free,
Our bo­dy from im­pu­ri­ty.

For Thou dost from above sur­vey
The con­verse of each fleet­ing day;
Thou dost fore­see from morn­ing light
Our ev­ery deed, un­til the night.

All laud to the God the Fa­ther be,
All praise, eter­nal Son, to Thee;
All glo­ry, as is ev­er meet,
To God the ho­ly Pa­ra­clete.