The Lord is your life.@Deuteronomy 30:20
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Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

Washington Gladden, 1897.

Forest Green traditional English melody; arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Washington Gladden (1836-1918)

O Lord of life, to Thee we lift our hearts in praise for those,
Thy prophets, who have shown Thy gift of grace that ever grows,
Of truth that spreads from shore to shore, of wisdom’s widening ray,
Of light that shineth more and more unto Thy perfect day.

Shine forth, O light, that we may see, with hearts all unafraid,
The meaning and the mystery of things that Thou hast made:
Shine forth, and let the darkling past beneath Thy beam grow bright;
Shine forth, and touch the future vast with Thine untroubled light.

Light up Thy Word; the fettered page from killing bondage free;
Light up our way; lead forth this age in love’s large liberty.
O light of light! within us dwell, through us Thy radiance pour,
That word and life Thy truths may tell, and praise Thee evermore.