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The Light and Glory of the Word

Olney Hymns, William Cowper, from Cowper's Poems, Sheldon & Company, New York

The Spirit breathes upon the word,And brings the truth to sight;Precepts and promises affordA sanctifying light.

A glory gilds the sacred page,Majestic like the sun;It gives a light to every age. It gives, but borrows none.

The hand that gave it still suppliesThe gracious light and heat;His truths upon the nations rise,They rise, but never set.

Let everlasting thanks be thine,For such a bright display,As makes a world of darkness shineWith beams of heavenly day.

My soul rejoices to pursueThe steps of Him I love,Till glory break upon my viewIn brighter worlds above.