Scripture Verse

The very God of peace. 1 Thessalonians 5:23


John M. Neale (1818–1866)


Words: John M. Neale, Hymns for Child­ren, third ser­ies, 1846.

Music: St. Mark Hen­ry J. Gaunt­lett, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Henry J. Gauntlett (1805–1876)
National Portrait Gallery



O ve­ry God of ve­ry God,
And ve­ry Light of Light,
Whose feet this earth’s dark val­ley trod,
That so it might be bright.

Our hopes are weak, our fears are strong,
Thick dark­ness binds our eyes;
Cold is the night, and O, we long
That Thou, our Sun, wouldst rise!

And ev­en now, though dull and gray,
The east is bright­en­ing fast,
And kind­ling to the per­fect day
That ne­ver shall be past.

O guide us till our path is done,
And we have reached the shore
Where Thou, our ev­er­last­ing sun,
Art shin­ing ev­er­more.

We wait in faith, and turn our face
To where the day­light springs,
Till Thou shalt come, our gloom to chase,
With heal­ing in Thy wings.

To God the Fa­ther pow­er and might
Both now and ev­er be;
To Him that is the Light of Light,
And Holy Ghost, to Thee.