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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IV. The Higher Life.  1904.
IV. Sabbath: Worship: Creed
The Word
William Walsham How (1832–1897)
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        5
  That from the hallowed page,
A lantern to our footsteps,
  Shines on from age to age.
The Church from thee, her Master,
  Received the gift divine;        10
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        15
  Of, thee, the living Word.
It floateth like a banner
  Before God’s host unfurled;
It shineth like a beacon
  Above the darkling world;        20
It is the chart and compass
  That o’er life’s surging sea,
Mid mists and rocks and quicksands,
  Still guide, O Christ, to thee.
Oh, make thy Church, dear Saviour,        25
  A lamp of burnished gold,
To bear before the nations
  Thy true light, as of old.
Oh, teach thy wandering pilgrims
  By this their path to trace,        30
Till, clouds and darkness ended,
  They see thee face to face.

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