O Lord to Whom the spirits live
O Lord to whom the spirits live. Richard Frederick Littledale* (1833-1890).
This eloquent funeral hymn was first published anonymously in Littledale’s The Priest’s Prayer Book (1864), and then in The People’s Hymnal (1867). It had seven 6-line stanzas, each ending with ‘Light eternal, Jesu blest…’:
O Lord to Whom the spirits live Of all the faithful passed away, Unto their path that brightness give Which shineth to the perfect day. Light eternal, Jesu blest, Shine on them, and grant them rest.
Bless Thou the dead which die in Thee, And make their painful labours cease, O purge them from impurity, And give them everlasting peace. Light eternal…
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