Eternal Light! eternal Light

Eternal Light! eternal Light!
How pure that soul must be,
when, placed within thy searching sight,
it shrinks not, but with calm delight
can live, and look on thee.

O how shall I, whose native sphere
is dark, whose mind is dim,
before the Ineffable appear,
and on my naked spirit bear
the uncreated beam?

There is a way for man to rise
to that sublime abode:
an offering and a sacrifice,
a Holy Spirit's energies,
and Advocate with God:

these, these prepare us for the sight
of holiness above:
the sons of ignorance and night
may dwell in the eternal Light,
through the eternal Love!

Words: Thomas Binney, ca. 1826;
as altered in The Hymnal 1940.
If you have Binney's original text, please email me.

Music: Eternal Light

Meter: 86 886

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