Immortal, invisible, God only wise (R. Mills)

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  • (Posted 2020-12-16)  CPDL #62018:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-12-16).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 42 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
  • (Posted 2020-12-16)  CPDL #62017:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-12-16).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 93 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.

General Information

Title: Immortal, invisible, God only wise
Composer: R. Mills
Tune: St. Denio
Lyricist: Walter Chalmers Smith

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 11 11. 11 11

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 199
Description: For a descant, see St Denio (Andrew Sims).

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;
thy justice like mountains high soaring above
thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

To all life thou givest, to both great and small;
in all life thou livest, the true life of all;
we blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
and wither and perish; but naught changeth thee.

Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
all laud we would render: O help us to see
’tis only the splendour of light hideth thee.