Source of light and life divine
Source of light and life divine. Latin, author unknown, 8th Century or earlier, translated by John Chandler* (1806-1876).
This translation of ‘Lucis Creator optime’* is from Chandler’s Hymns of the Primitive Church (1837). It is of interest because lines from it were used by the compilers of the First Edition of A&M (1861) for their version (the full text of 1861 will be found in the entry on ‘O blest Creator of the light’*). Some lines were taken, almost word for word, from Chandler. They include stanza 2, lines 2-4 (with ‘humble’ instead of ‘mournful’, line 4) and stanza 3, lines 1-2 and 4 (with ‘Bind’ instead of ‘Draw’, line 4):
Source of light and life divine,Thou did’st cause...
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