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Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.

By Hymns. II. “O God, enshrined”

William Walsham How (1823–1897)

  • “And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead.”
  • —Rev. i. 17.

  • O GOD, enshrined in dazzling light

    Above the highest sphere,

    My soul is filled with awe to feel

    That Thou art present here.

    Thine Eye is as a lamp of fire,

    And in its searching flame

    I see myself, all stained with sin,

    And bow my head with shame.

    But, O my God, Thy Son hath died!

    And from the dust I rise,

    And from myself and all my sin

    To Thee I lift mine eyes.

    My sins are dark, but over all

    Thy burning love I see;

    And all my soul is full of praise,

    And worships only Thee.