Scripture Verse

God said, Let there be light, and there was light. Genesis 1:3


Johann A. Freylinghausen (1670–1739)

Words: From the Bre­vi­ary of the Dio­cese of Le Mans, 1748 (Die pa­ren­te tem­po­rum). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Hen­ry W. Bak­er in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1861.

Music: Gott sei dank Neu­es geist­reich­es Ge­sang­buch, by Jo­hann A. Frey­ling­hau­sen (Hal­le, Ger­ma­ny: 1704) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Henry W. Baker (1821–1877)


On this day, the first of days,
God the Fa­ther’s name we praise;
Who, creation’s Lord and spring
Did the world from darkness bring.

On this day the eter­nal Son
Over death His triumph won;
On this day the Spir­it came
With His gifts of living flame.

O that fervent love today
May in every heart have sway,
Teaching us to praise aright
God, the source of life and light.

Father, who didst fashion me
Image of Thy­self to be,
Fill me with Thy love divine,
Let my every thought be Thine.

Holy Je­sus, may I be
Dead and buried here with Thee;
And, by love inflamed, arise
Unto Thee a sacrifice.

Thou, who dost all gifts impart,
Shine, sweet Spir­it, in my heart;
Best of gifts Thy­self bestow;
Make me burn Thy love to know.

God, the blessèd Three in One,
Dwell within my heart alone;
Thou dost give Thy­self to me;
May I give myself to Thee.