To Thee, Eternal Soul, Be Praise!   3 comments

©Photo. R.M.N. / R.-G. OjŽda

Above:  Saint John on Patmos

Image in the Public Domain

Words (1903; publication debut = 1905) by Richard Watson Gilder (1844-1909), U.S. poet, journalist, and social reformer

Hymn Source = American Hymns Old and New (1980)

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1.  To thee, Eternal Soul, be praise!

Who, from of old to our own days

Through souls of saints and prophets, Lord,

Hast seen thy light, thy love, thy word.

2.  We thank thee for each mighty one

Through whom thy living light hath shone;

And for each humble soul and sweet

That lights to heaven our wandering feet.

3.  We thank thee for the love divine

Made real in every saint of thine;

That boundless love itself that gives

In service to each soul that lives.

4.  We thank thee for the word of might

Thy spirit spake in darkest night,

Spoke through the trumpet voices loud

Of prophets at thy throne who bowed.

5.  Eternal Soul, our souls keep pure,

That like thy saints we may endure;

Forever through thy servants, Lord,

Send thou thy light, thy love, thy word.

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