I hope to begin a regular feature on Monday’s highlighting the lyrics to some of the great hymns of our faith. It occurred to me some time ago that I had never sung most of the hymns in our hymnbook and had grown so familiar with the words of others that they had lost their effect upon my soul. To counteract that, I offer the lyrics alone for our consideration. Today’s hymn is not likely to be familiar to most Baptists and is traced back to the early centuries of Christianity. It is attributed to St. Ambrose of Milan (340-397 AD) and is called “O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright.”
O Splendor of God’s glory bright, from light eternal bringing light, Thou Light of light, light’s living Spring, True Day, all days illumining: Come, very Sun of heaven’s love, In lasting radiance from above, And pour the Holy Spirit’s ray On all we think or do today. Confirm our will to do the right, and keep our heart’s from envy’s blight; Let faith her eager fires renew, and hate the false and love the true. All praise to God the Father be, All praise, eternal Son, to Thee, Whom with the Spirit we adore Forever and forever more. Amen.