O Wondrous Type! O Vision Fair   11 comments

Church of the Transfiguration, Mount Tabor, Israel

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Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1916, (1918) of The Episcopal Church

The original Latin words date to the 1400s.  John Mason Neale (1818-1866) translated the text into English.


1.  O wondrous type!  O vision fair

Of glory that the Church may share,

Which Christ upon the mountain shows,

Where brighter than the sun he glows!

2.  With Moses and Elijah nigh

The incarnate Lord holds converse high;

And from the cloud, the Holy One

Bears record to the Only Son.

3.  With shining face and bright array,

Christ deigns to manifest to-day

What glory shall be theirs above

Who joy in God with perfect love.

4.  And faithful hearts are raised on high

By this great vision’s mystery;

For which in joyful strains we raise

The voice of prayer, the hymn of praise.

5.  O Father, with the eternal Son,

And Holy Spirit, ever One,

Vouchsafe to bring us by thy grace

To see thy glory face to face.


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