O very God of very God

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1 O very God of very God,
and very Light of Light,
whose feet this earth's dark valley trod
that so it might be bright:

2 Our hopes are weak, our fears are strong,
thick darkness blinds our eyes;
cold is the night; thy people long
that thou, their Sun, wouldst rise.

3 And even now, though dull and gray,
the east is brightening fast,
and kindling to the perfect day
that never shall be past.

4 O guide us till our path is done,
and we have reached the shore
where thou, our everlasting Sun,
art shining evermore!

5 We wait in faith, and turn our face
to where the daylight springs,
till thou shalt come our gloom to chase,
with healing in thy wings.

Source: Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #672

Author: J. M. Neale

Neale, John Mason, D.D., was born in Conduit Street, London, on Jan. 24, 1818. He inherited intellectual power on both sides: his father, the Rev. Cornelius Neale, having been Senior Wrangler, Second Chancellor's Medallist, and Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, and his mother being the daughter of John Mason Good, a man of considerable learning. Both father and mother are said to have been "very pronounced Evangelicals." The father died in 1823, and the boy's early training was entirely under the direction of his mother, his deep attachment for whom is shown by the fact that, not long before his death, he wrote of her as "a mother to whom I owe more than I can express." He was educated at Sherborne Grammar School, and was afterwards… Go to person page >

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First Line: O very God of very God
Author: J. M. Neale (1848)
Language: English


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