EPIPHANY of the LORD

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Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.

For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people:

but the LORD shall rise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of the rising.

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Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together,

they come to thee:

thy sons shall come from afar,

and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.

Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged;

because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee,

the forces of the Gentiles shall come to unto thee.

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The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah;

all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense;

and they shall shew forth the praises of the LORD.

Isaiah 60:1-6

 

Light of the world, we hail thee,

Flooding the eastern skies;

Never shall darkness veil thee

Again from human eyes;

Too long, alas, with-holden,

Now spread from shore to shore;

Thy light, so glad and golden, 

Shall set on earth no more.

 

Light of the world, thy beauty 

Steals into every heart, 

And glorifies with duty

Life’s poorest, humblest part;

Thou robest in thy splendor

The simplest ways of men,

And helpest them to render

Light back to thee again.

 

Light of the world, illumine

This darkened earth of thine,

Till everything that’s human

Be filled with the divine;

Till every tongue and nation,

From sin’s dominion free,

Rise in the new creation

Which springs from love and thee.

Amen

John S. Monsell 1811-1875

William Walker 1809-1875

 

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