459. O Word of God Incarnate

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1 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.

2 The church from you, dear Savior,
received this gift divine;
and still that light is lifted
on all the earth to shine.
It is the chart and compass
that, all life’s voyage through,
amid the rocks and quicksands
still guides, O Christ, to you.

3 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 our path to trace,
till, clouds and storms thus ended,
we see you face to face.

Text Information
First Line: O Word of God incarnate
Title: O Word of God Incarnate
Author: William Walsham How (1867, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 7.6.7.6.D
Scripture: Psalm 119:105; Psalm 119:130; Psalm 119:160; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:16; Mark 13:31; John 1:1-5; John 1:14; John 5:39; 1 Corinthians 13:12; 2 Peter 1:19; Revelation 1:3
Topic: The Church; Incarnation; Scripture1 more...
Language: English
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Name: MUNICH
Adapter: Felix Mendelssohn (1847)
Meter: 7.6.7.6.D
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Neuvermehrtes Meiningisches Gesangbuch, 1693


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The opening four lines of this hymn celebrate attributes of Christ that are revealed through holy scripture, which serves as a lantern, a chart, and a compass for the church in seeking to know Christ better. The setting of the tune comes from Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah.


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