Light of the world

Sir Edward Elgar

Light of the world, we know thy praise,
the angels and archangels raise,
and all the host of heaven;
more worthily than our faint hymns,
whose jarring sound that glory dims,
which God to thee has given.

But thou didst not disdain to take
our low estate, or e’en to make
the tomb thy resting place;
so thou might bring into our night
the dawn of thine eternal light
to shine upon our face.

Nor death, nor hell, nor sin, is Lord,
but thou, O Son of God. Thy word
is now our sov’reign law.
Therefore we thank thee, and we pray
thy light may shine unto the perfect day,
on us for evermore.

Edward Capel Cure (1828-1890)

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