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07 February 2010

O Gladsome Light (Phos Hilaron)

O gladsome light, O grace
Of God the Father's face
Th'eternal splendor wearing
Celestial, holy, blest
Our Savior Jesus Christ
Joyful in thine appearing

Now, ere day fadeth quite
We see the evening light
Our wonted hymn outpouring
Father of might unknown
Thee, His incarnate Son
And Holy Spirit adoring

To Thee of right belongs
All praise of holy songs
O Son of God, lifegiver
Thee, therefore, O Most High
The world doth glorify
And shall exalt forever

Words: Phos Hilaron (Φῶς Ἱλαρόν), Greek, 3rd century, trans. Robert Seymour Bridges (1844-1930)
Music: Le Cantique de Siméon, by Louis Bourgeois

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