God of mercy, God of grace, Show the brightness of Thy face

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1 God of mercy, God of grace,
show the brightness of your face.
Shine upon us, Savior, shine;
fill your church with light divine;
and your saving health extend
unto earth's remotest end.

2 Let the people praise you, Lord;
be by all that live adored.
Let the nations shout and sing
glory to their gracious King;
at your feet their tribute pay,
and your holy will obey.

3 Let the people praise you, Lord;
earth shall then its fruits afford.
Unto us your blessing give,
we to your devoted live,
all below and all above,
one in joy and light and love.

Source: Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #934

Author: Henry Francis Lyte

Lyte, Henry Francis, M.A., son of Captain Thomas Lyte, was born at Ednam, near Kelso, June 1, 1793, and educated at Portora (the Royal School of Enniskillen), and at Trinity College, Dublin, of which he was a Scholar, and where he graduated in 1814. During his University course he distinguished himself by gaining the English prize poem on three occasions. At one time he had intended studying Medicine; but this he abandoned for Theology, and took Holy Orders in 1815, his first curacy being in the neighbourhood of Wexford. In 1817, he removed to Marazion, in Cornwall. There, in 1818, he underwent a great spiritual change, which shaped and influenced the whole of his after life, the immediate cause being the illness and death of a brother cler… Go to person page >

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God of mercy, God of grace, Shew the brightness of Thy face. H. F. Lyte. [Psalm lxvii.] First published in his Spirit of the Psalms, 1834, in 3 stanzas of 6 lines as his 2nd version of Psalm lxvii., and again in later editions of the same. It is in most extensive use in all English-speaking countries, and usually the original text is given unaltered as in Thring's Collection, 1882.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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DIX (Kocher)

An early form of the tune DIX was composed by Conrad Kocher (b. Ditzingen, Wurttemberg, Germany, 1786; d. Stuttgart, Germany, 1872). Trained as a teacher, Kocher moved to St. Petersburg, Russia, to work as a tutor at the age of seventeen. But his love for the music of Haydn and Mozart impelled him t…

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