Thou art, O God, the life and light

Thou art, O God, the life and light. Thomas Moore* (1779-1852).  This was the first poem in Moore’s A Series of Sacred Songs,Duetts and Trios (1816). It had four six-line stanzas, prefaced by a quotation:  ‘The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.’‘Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou has made: summer and winter. – Ps lxxiv. 16, 17.’  The four stanzas were as follows: Thou art, O God, the life and light    Of all this wondrous world we see; Its glow by day, its smile by night,   Are but reflections caught from Thee. Where’er we turn, thy glories shine, And all things fair and bright are Thine! When Day, with farewell beam, delays...

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