O Lord of Every Shining Constellation   1 comment

Above:  Ursa Major

Image in the Public Domain

Text by Albert H. Bayly (1901-1984)

Text Source = The Hymn Book of the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada (1971)

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O Lord of every shining constellation

that wheels in splendour through the midnight sky:

grant us thy Spirit’s true illumination

to read the secrets of thy work on high.

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And thou who mad’st the atom’s hidden forces,

whose laws its mighty energies fulfil:

teach us, to whom thou giv’st such rich resources,

in all we use, to serve thy holy will.

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O Life, awaking life in cell and tissue,

from flower to bud, from beast to brain of man:

O help us trace, from birth to final issue,

the sure unfolding of thine ageless plan.

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Thou who hast stamped thine image on thy creatures,

and though they marred that image, lov’st them still:

uplift our eyes to Christ, that in his features

we may discern the beauty of thy will.

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Great Lord of nature, shaping and renewing,

who mad’st us more than nature’s sons to be:

help us to tread, thy grace our souls enduing,

the road to life and immortality.

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