59 A A SONG OF THE LIGHT
Phos hilaron

1 O gladsome light, of the holy glory of the immortal Father,*
heavenly, holy, blessèd Jesus Christ.
2 Now that we have come to the setting of the sun
   and behold the light of evening,*
we praise you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3 For it is right at all times to worship you
   with voices of praise,*
O Son of God and giver of life:
   therefore all the world glorifies you.
Trans: West Malling

59 B A SONG OF THE LIGHT
Phos hilaron

1 O joyful light,
   from the pure glory of the eternal heavenly Father,*
O holy, blessèd Jesus Christ.
2 As we come to the setting of the sun*
and see the evening light,
3 We give thanks and praise to the Father and to the Son*
and to the Holy Spirit of God.
4 Worthy are you at all times
   to be sung with holy voices,
   O Son of God, O Giver of life,*
and to be glorified through all creation.
Trans: 1

59 C A SONG OF THE LIGHT
Phos hilaron

1 Hail, gladdening Light, of his pure glory poured,
Who is the immortal Father, heavenly, blest,
Holiest of Holies, Jesus Christ our Lord.
2 Now we are come to the Sun’s hour of rest,
The lights of evening round us shine,
We hymn the Father, Son and Holy Spirit divine.
3 Worthy are you at all times to be sung
With undefilèd tongue,
Son of our God, giver of life, alone:
Therefore in all the world your glories,
   Lord, they own.
Trans: John Keble*

59 D A SONG OF THE LIGHT
Phos hilaron – Metrical version

1 O gladsome light, O grace
Of God the Father’s face,
The eternal splendour wearing;
Celestial, holy, blest,
Our Saviour Jesus Christ, Joyful in your appearing.
2 As day fades into night,
We see the evening light,
Our hymn of praise outpouring:
Father of might unknown,
Christ, his incarnate Son,
and Holy Spirit, adoring.
3 To you of right belongs
All praise of holy songs,
O Son of God, Lifegiver;
You, therefore, O Most High,
The world will glorify,
And shall exalt for ever.
Trans: Robert Bridges*

59 E A SONG OF THE LIGHT
Phos hilaron – Metrical version

Light of the world, in grace and beauty,
Mirror of God’s eternal face,
Transparent flame of love’s free duty,
You bring salvation to our race.
Now, as we see the lights of evening,
We raise our voice in hymns of praise;
Worthy are you of endless blessing,
Sun of our night, lamp of our days.
Trans: 21