O Light that Knew No Dawn

This hymn by Gregory of Nazianzus (325-390; tr. John Brownlie, 1900) was one that I wrote music for back in 2004 at Greenlake (Seattle) and never got recorded. My good friend (and magnificent violinist) Jonathan Marzinke requested a recording of this song a few weeks ago. I hope it is a blessing to you.

[I included a capo chart in D because I usually play capo II open on the low E string.]

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O Light that Knew No Dawn (listen) (chords) (capo chart)

O Light that knew no dawn,
That shines to endless day,
All things in earth and heav’n
Are lustered by thy ray;
Nor mind thy brightness comprehend,
No eye can to thy throne ascend,
Nor mind thy brightness comprehend.

Thy grace, O Father, give,
That I might serve in fear;
Above all hopes, I pray,
Grant me thy voice to hear;
From sin thy child in mercy free,
O let me dwell in light with thee.
From sin thy child in mercy free.
O let me dwell in light with thee.

Lord, you are my God, my only
Lord, you have been so gracious to me,
And I would give you everything.

That, cleansed from stain of sin,
I may true homage give;
And pure in heart, behold
Thy beauty while I live;
And thee, O Christ my Savior, praise.
Clean hands in holy worship raise,
And thee, O Christ my Savior, praise.

Lord, you are my God, my only
Lord, you have been so gracious to me,
And I would give you everything.

Thy grace, O Father, give,
I humbly thee implore;
And let thy mercy bless
Thy servant more and more.
From age to age eternally.
All grace and glory be to thee,
From age to age eternally.

Lord, you are my God, my only
Lord, you have been so gracious to me,
And I would give you everything.
All I’ve worked for, everything,
All I run from, everything,
All I’ve loved, everything.

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