A morning hymn

Daily Reading for March 3 • John and Charles Wesley, Priests, 1791, 1788

Christ, whose glory fills the skies,

Christ, the true, the only light,

Sun of Righteousness, arise,

Triumph o’er the shades of night:

Day-spring from on high, be near:

Day-star, in my heart appear.

Dark and cheerless is the morn

Unaccompanied by thee,

Joyless is the day’s return,

Till thy mercy’s beams I see;

Till thy inward light impart,

Glad my eyes, and warm my heart.

Visit then this soul of mine,

Pierce the gloom of sin, and grief,

Fill me, Radiancy Divine,

Scatter all my unbelief,

More and more thyself display,

Shining to the perfect day.

“Morning Hymn” by Charles Wesley (1707-1788). Online text copyright © 2009, Ian Lancashire (the Department of English) and the University of Toronto. Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries. http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poem/2270.html

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