O Blest Creator of the Light

This elegant hymn is filled with expressive suspensions and close harmonies that your choir will love. Clean lines and stepwise voice leading make it quick to learn with plenty of time to work on the dynamics and phrasing. “O blest Creator of the light, who makes the day with radiance bright, and o’er the forming world didst call the light from chaos first of all.”

1 O blest Creator of the light,
Who makest day with radiance bright,
And o’er the forming world didst call
The light from chaos first of all;

2 Whose wisdom joined in meet array
The morn and eve, and named them Day:
Night comes with all its darkling fears;
Regard thy people’s prayers and tears:

3 Lest, sunk in sin and whelm’d with strife,
They lose the gift of endless life;
While, thinking but the thoughts of time,
They weave new chains of guilt and crime.

4 But grant them grace that they may strain
The heavenly gate and prize to gain:
Each harmful lure aside to cast,
And purge away each error past.

5 O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son,
Who with the Spirit and with thee
Doth live and reign eternally. Amen.