O God, creation's secret force


O God, creation's secret force,
thyself unmoved, all motion's source,
who from the morn till evening ray
through all its changes guid'st the day:

Grant us, when this short life is past,
the glorious evening that shall last;
that, by a holy death attained,
eternal glory may be gained.

O Father, that we ask by done,
through Jesus Christ, thine only Son,
who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,
doth live and reign eternally.


Words: Ambrose of Milan (340-397);
trans. John Mason Neale, 1851

Music: Te lucis ante terminum, O Heiland, reiss, Vetter, Nunc Sancte nobis Spiritus, Rerum Deus tenax vigor

Meter: LM

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