Scripture Verse

He came near Damascus: and suddenly there shone round about him a light from Heaven. Acts 9:3


John Ellerton (1826–1893)

Words: John El­ler­ton, 1871.

Music: Mu­nich Neu­ver­mehr­tes Ge­sang­buch (Mein­ing­en, Ger­ma­ny: 1693). Har­mo­ny by Fe­lix Men­dels­sohn, 1847 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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We sing the glo­ri­ous con­quest,
Before Da­mas­cus’ gate,
When Saul, the Church’s spoil­er,
Came breath­ing threats and hate;
The ra­ven­ing wolf rushed for­ward
Full ear­ly to the prey;
But lo! the Shep­herd met him,
And bound him fast to­day.

O glo­ry most ex­cell­ing
That smote across his path!
O light that pierced and blind­ed
The zea­lot in his wrath!
O voice that spake with­in him
The calm, re­prov­ing word!
O love that sought and held him
The bond­man of his Lord!

O Wis­dom or­der­ing all things
In or­der strong and sweet,
What nob­ler spoil was ev­er
Cast at the Vic­tor’s feet?
What wis­er mas­ter build­er
E’er wrought at Thine em­ploy
Than he, till now so fu­ri­ous
Thy build­ing to de­stroy?

Lord, teach thy Church the les­son,
Still in her dark­est hour
Of weak­ness and of dan­ger,
To trust Thy hid­den pow­er;
Thy grace by ways mys­te­ri­ous
The wrath of man can bind,
And in Thy bold­est foe­man
Thy chos­en saint can find.

The Conversion of Saul
Michelangelo Caravaggio (1571–1610)