Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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Robert S. Bridges
(1844–1930)

Words: Un­known au­thor, 3rd Cen­tu­ry (Φως ιλαρόν αγίας δόξης). Trans­lat­ed from Greek to Eng­lish by Ro­bert S. Bridg­es, 1899. This trans­la­tion first ap­peared in Bridg­es’ Yat­ten­don Hym­nal.

Music: Can­tique de Si­mé­on Lou­is Bour­geois, Pseaulmes Cin­quante de Da­vid, 1547. Har­mo­ny by Claude Gou­di­mel, 1551 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Claude Goudimel
(1514–1572)

Lyrics

O gladsome light, O grace of our creator’s face,
The eternal splendor wearing; celestial, holy blessed,
Our Savior Jesus Christ, joyful in Your appearing!

As fades the day’s last light we see the lamps of night,
Our common hymn outpouring, O God of might unknown,
You, the incarnate Son, and Spirit blessed adoring.

To You of right belongs all praise of holy songs,
O Son of God, life giver. You, therefore, O Most High,
The world does glorify and shall exalt forever.