This day at thy creating Word
first o’er the earth the light was poured:
O Lord, this day upon us shine
and fill our souls with light divine.
This day the Lord for sinners slain
in might victorious rose again:
O Jesus, may we rais’ed be
from death of sin to life in thee!
This day the Holy Spirit came
with fiery tongues of cloven flame:
O Spirit, fill our hearts this day
with grace to hear and grace to pray.
O day of light and life and grace,
from earthly toil sweet resting place,
thy hallowed hours, blest gift of love,
give we again to God above.
All praise to God the Father be,
all praise, eternal Son, to thee,
whom, with the Spirit, we adore
forever and forevermore.
William Walsham How 1823-1897