The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.@John 1:14
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William W. How (1823-1897)
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William W. How, 1867.

Munich Neuvermehrtes Gesangbuch (Meiningen, Germany: 1693); harmony by Felix Mendelssohn, 1847 (🔊 pdf nwc). This was one of the last compositions Mendelssohn ever worked on.

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Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

O Word of God incarnate,
O wisdom from on high,
O truth unchanged, unchanging,
O light of our dark sky:
We praise You for the radiance
That from the hallowed page,
A lantern to our footsteps,
Shines on from age to age.

The Church from You, our Savior,
Received the gift divine,
And still that light is lifted
O’er all the earth to shine.
It is the sacred vessel
Where gems of truth are stored;
It is the Heav’n drawn picture
Of Christ, the living Word.

The Scripture is a banner
Before God’s host unfurled;
It is a shining beacon
Above the darkling world.
It is the chart and compass
That over life’s surging tide,
Mid mists and rocks and quicksands,
To You, O Christ, will guide.

O make your Church, dear Savior,
A lamp of purest gold,
To bear before the nations
Your true light as of old.
O teach your wandering pilgrims
By this their path to trace,
Till, clouds and darkness ended,
They see You face to face.