Light of light eternal

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Leader:
I will bless you God! You fill the world with awe!
You dress yourself in light, rich, majestic light.

People:
Light of light eternal,
all things penetrating.
For your rays our souls are waiting.

Leader:
To you, O God, we lift up our souls.

People:
As the tender flowers,
willingly unfolding
to the sun their faces holding.

Leader:
My soul, bless God!
All my being, bless God's holy name!

People:
Ever so would we do,
light from you obtaining,
strength to serve you gaining.

Author: Gerhard Tersteegen

Tersteegen, Gerhard, a pious and useful mystic of the eighteenth century, was born at Mörs, Germany, November 25, 1697. He was carefully educated in his childhood, and then apprenticed (1715) to his older brother, a shopkeeper. He was religiously inclined from his youth, and upon coming of age he secured a humble cottage near Mühlheim, where he led a life of seclusion and self-denial for many years. At about thirty years of age he began to exhort and preach in private and public gatherings. His influence became very great, such was his reputation for piety and his success in talking, preaching, and writing concerning spiritual religion. He wrote one hundred and eleven hymns, most of which appeared in his Spiritual Flower Garden (1731). He… Go to person page >

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First Line: Light of light eternal
Author: Gerhard Tersteegen (1729)
Meter: 6.6.6.6.6.8.6.6.6
Source: Tr. composite
Publication Date: 1995
Copyright: This text may still be under copyright because it was published in 1995.

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