1 Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.
2 Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above
Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.
3 To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish; but naught changeth Thee.
4 Thou reignest in glory, Thou rulest in light,
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
All praise we would render; O help us to see
'Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee!
|First Line:||Immortal, invisible, God only wise|
|Title:||Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise|
|Author:||Walter Chambers Smith (1867; alt. 1987)|
|Scripture:||Psalm 36; Daniel 7:9; 1 Timothy 1:17|
|Topic:||God: Nature of|
|Source:||Welsh folk melody; adapted in Caniadau y Cyssegr, 1839|
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