47. On this day, the first of days

1 On this day, the first of days,
God the Father's Name we praise,
who, creation's Lord and spring,
did the world from darkness bring.

2 On this day the eternal Son
over death his triumph won;
on this day the Spirit came
with his gifts of living flame.

3 Maker, who didst fashion me
image of thyself to be,
fill me with thy love divine,
let my every thought be thine.

4 Holy Jesus, may I be
dead and buried here with thee;
and, by love inflamed, arise
unto thee a sacrifice.

5 Thou, who dost all gifts impart,
shine, blest Spirit, in my heart;
best of gifts, thyself bestow;
make me burn thy love to know.

6 God, the blessed Three in One,
dwell within my heart alone;
thou dost give thyself to me:
may I give myself to thee.

Text Information
First Line: On this day, the first of days
Translator: Henry Williams Baker, 1821-1877 (alt.)
Meter: 77. 77
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Source: Latin
Tune Information
Adapter and harmonizer: William Henry Havergal, 1793-1870 (alt.)
Meter: 77. 77
Key: C Major
Source: Geistriches Gesangbuch, 1704 (melody)

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