Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
William Knapp
1698–1768

Lyrics

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.