Immortal, invisible, God only wise


Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
almighty, victorious, thy great Name we praise.

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;
thy justice like mountains high soaring above
thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

To all life thou givest, to both great and small;
in all life thou livest, the true life of all;
we blossom and flourish, like leaves on the tree,
then wither and perish; but nought changeth thee.

Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
all laud we would render: O help us to see
'tis only the splendor of light hideth thee.


Words: Walter Chalmers Smith (1824-1908), 1867

MIDI: St. Denio (Welsh, 1839)

Meter: 11 11 11 11

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874      
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins)      
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924      
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879      
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter)      
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904      
The English Hymnal, 1906 407 St. Denio  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908      
The Hymnal 1916      
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919 366 St. Denio, Slemish  
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
     
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925      
Songs of Praise, 1925 271 St. Denio  
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931 535 St. Denio  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 401 St. Denio  
The Hymnal 1940 301 St. Denio  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 372 St. Denio  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955 191 St. Denio  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 344 St. Denio  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 242 St. Denio  
The Hymn Book 1971 026 Montgomery  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 080 St. Denio  
The Hymnal 1982 423 St. Denio  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983 199 St. Denio  
The New English Hymnal, 1985 377 St. Denio  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 021 St. Denio Text modernized; descant & arrangement by Douglas Guest (1916-)
Church Family Worship, 1988 267 St. Denio  
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 242 St. Denio  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998 393 St. Denio  
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999 143 St. Denio  
Sing Glory, 1999 044 St. Denio  
Complete Mission Praise, 2000 327 St. Denio  
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 474 St. Denio  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 314 St. Denio  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 006 St. Denio  

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