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THE WORD, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: O word of god incarnate
Last Line: They see thee face to face.
Subject(s): Worship

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 thee, her 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 heaven-drawn picture
Of, thee, the living Word.
I floateth like a banner
Before God's host uufurled;
It shineth like a beacon
Above the darkling world;
It is the chart and compass
That o'er life's surging sea,
Mid mists and rocks and quicksands,
Still guide, O Christ, to thee.
Oh, make the Church, dear Saviour,
A lamp burnished gold,
To bear before the nations
Thy true light, as of gold.
Oh, teach the wandering pilgrims
By this their path to trace,
Till, clouds and darkness ended,
They see thee face to face.

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