O gladsome light, O grace

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O gladsome light, O grace is a metrical translation by Robert Bridges of the evening hymn Phos HilaronLink to the English Wikipedia article. Latin versions are Lumen Hilare or the metrical Jucunda lux, and in the Slavonic Litugy it is known as Svyete tikhii (Свете тихий).

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O gladsome light, O grace
Of God the Father's face,
The eternal splendour wearing;
Celestial, holy, blest,
Our Saviour Jesus Christ,
Joyful in thine appearing.

Now, ere day fadeth quite,
We see the evening light,
Our wonted hymn outpouring;
Father of might unknown,
Thee, his incarnate Son,
And Holy Spirit adoring.

To thee of right belongs
All praise of holy songs,
O Son of God, Lifegiver;
Thee, therefore, O Most High,
The world doth glorify,
And shall exalt for ever.

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