Blest Creator of the light

Blest Creator of the light

Translator: John Chandler
Tune: VIENNA (Knecht)
Published in 15 hymnals

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1. Blest Creator of the light,
Making day with radiance bright,
Thou didst o’er the forming earth
Give the golden light its birth.

2. Shade of eve with morning ray
Took from Thee the name of day;
Darkness now is drawing nigh;
Listen to our humble cry.

3. May we ne’er by guilt depressed
Lose the way to endless rest;
Nor with idle thoughts and vain
Bind our souls to earth again.

4. Rather may we heavenward rise
Where eternal treasure lies;
Purified by grace within,
Hating every deed of sin.

5. Holy Father, hear our cry,
Through Thy Son our Lord most high,
Whom our thankful hearts adore
With the Spirit evermore.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #574

Translator: John Chandler

John Chandler, one of the most successful translators of hymns, was born at Witley in Surrey, June 16, 1806. He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, B.A. 1827, M.A. 1830. Ordained deacon in 1831 and priest in 1832, he succeeded his father as the patron and vicar of Whitley, in 1837. His first volume, entitled The Hymns of the Primitive Church, now first Collected, Translated and Arranged, 1837, contained 100 hymns, for the most part ancient, with a few additions from the Paris Breviary of 1736. Four years later, he republished this volume under the title of hymns of the Church, mostly primitive, collected, translated and arranged for public use, 1841. Other publications include a Life of William of Wykeham, 1842, and Horae s… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Blest Creator of the light
Latin Title: Lucis Creator optime
Translator: John Chandler
Language: English



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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #79Page Scan
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