Light of the World (Edward Elgar)
- (Posted 2019-04-21) CPDL #54024:
- Editor: Tim Pratt (submitted 2019-04-21). Score information: A4, 12 pages, 589 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Organ arrangement by Tim Pratt
First published: 1896
Description: This is the last chorus from Elgar's 1896 oratiorio "The Light of Life"; first performed at the Three Choirs Festival of that year in Worcester Cathedral. It is currently often used as an Easter anthem.
Original text and translations
Light of the world, we know thy praise,
The angels and arch-angels raise,
And all the host of Heav'n;
More worthily than our faint hymns,
Whose jarring sound that glory dims,
Which God to Thee hast given.
But Thou didst not disdain to take our low estate,
Or e'en to make the tomb Thy resting place;
So Thou might bring into our night
the dawn of Thine eternal Light
to shine upon our face.
Nor death, nor hell, nor sin is Lord,
But Thou, O Son of God.
Thy word is now our sovereign law.
Therefore we thank Thee and we pray
Thy light may shine unto the perfect day;
Thy light may shine on us for evermore.