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O Gladsome LightThe United Methodist Hymnal Number 686
Text: Ancient Greek hymn; trans. by Robert S. Bridges, 1899
Music: Louis Bourgeois, 1547; harm. by Claude Goudimel, 1551
Tune: LE CANTIQUE DE SIMEON, Meter: 667.667
1. O gladsome light, O grace of our Creator's face,
the eternal splendor wearing;
celestial, holy blest, our Savior Jesus Christ,
joyful in your appearing!
2. As fades the day's last light we see the lamps of night,
our common hymn outpouring,
O God of might unknown, you, the incarnate Son,
and Spirit blest adoring.
3. To you of right belongs all praise of holy songs,
O Son of God, lifegiver.
You, therefore, O Most High, the world does glorify
and shall exalt forever.
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