O Word of God Incarnate

Text:  William Walsham How  1867
Music:  Meiningen Gesangbuch  1693
Tune:  Munich  76.76D
OHT Incipit:  12365 43335 43221

O Word of God incarnate,
O Wisdom from on high,
O Truth unchanged, unchanging,
O Light of our dark sky:
We praise Thee for the radiance
That from the hallowed page,
A Lantern to our footsteps,
Shines on from age to age.

The church from her dear Master,
Received the Gift divine,
And still that Light she lifteth
O'er all the earth to shine.
It is the golden casket,
Where gems of truth are stored;
It is the heav'n drawn Picture
Of Christ, the living Word.

It floateth like a banner
Before Godís host unfurled;
It shineth like a Beacon
Above the dark'ning world.
It is the Chart and Compass
That o'er lifeís surging sea,
'Mid mists and rocks and quicksands,
Still guides, O Christ, to Thee.

O make Thy Church, dear Savior,
A lamp of purest gold,
To bear before the nations
Thy true light, as of old.
O teach your wand'ring pilgrims
By this their path to trace,
Till, clouds and darkness ended,
They see Thee face to face.

The Ames Hymn Collection

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