O Word of God incarnate
Lyricist: William Walsham How.
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1 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.
2 The Church from her dear 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 Christ, the living Word;
3 It floateth like a banner Before God's host unfurled;
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 guides, O Christ, to Thee.
4 O make thy Church, dear Saviour, A lamp of purest gold,
To bear before the nations Thy true light, as of old;
O teach thy wandering pilgrims By this their path to trace,
Till, clouds and darkness ended, They see Thee face to face.