459. O Word of God Incarnate

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1 O Word of God incarnate,
O Wisdom from on high,
O Truth unchanged, unchanging,
O Light of our dark sky:
we praise you for the radiance
that from the hallowed page,
a lantern to our footsteps,
shines on from age to age.

2 The church from you, dear Savior,
received this gift divine;
and still that light is lifted
on all the earth to shine.
It is the chart and compass
that, all life’s voyage through,
amid the rocks and quicksands
still guides, O Christ, to you.

3 O make your church, dear Savior,
a lamp of purest gold
to bear before the nations
your true light, as of old;
O teach your wandering pilgrims
by this our path to trace,
till, clouds and storms thus ended,
we see you face to face.

Text Information
First Line: O Word of God incarnate
Title: O Word of God Incarnate
Author: William Walsham How (1867, alt.)
Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: The Church; Incarnation; Scripture (1 more...)
Tune Information
Adapter: Felix Mendelssohn (1847)
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Neuvermehrtes Meiningisches Gesangbuch, 1693

Text Information:

The opening four lines of this hymn celebrate attributes of Christ that are revealed through holy scripture, which serves as a lantern, a chart, and a compass for the church in seeking to know Christ better. The setting of the tune comes from Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

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