Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
Christ, the true, the only Light,
Sun of Righteousness, arise,
Triumph o’er the shades of night;
Dayspring from on high, be near;
Day-star, in my heart appear.
Dark and cheerless is the morn
Unaccompanied by Thee;
Joyless is the day’s return
Till Thy mercy’s beams I see;
Till they inward light impart,
Glad my eyes, and warm my heart.
Visit then this soul of mine,
Pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
Fill me, Radiancy divine,
Scatter all my unbelief;
More and more Thyself display,
Shining to the perfect day.
These are the four tunes used:
- Day-Star, Samuel S. Wesley, 1872
- Fred til Bod, Ludvig M. Lindeman, 1871
- Lux Prima (Gounod), Charles F. Gounod, 1872
- Ministres de l’Éternel, Genevan Psalter, 1562
Written by Charles Wesley. This hymn was originally called "A Morning Hymn".
Did you know that The 18th-century Englishman Charles Wesley (1707-1788) wrote, according to eminent 20th-century hymnologist Erik Routley, “more than 8,989 poems with over 6,000 of them qualifying as ‘hymns.’” That’s 3.4 poems per week, Routley added, “assuming him to have died in the act of writing.” (source) Not only did he write a lot of poems, he also wrote them to be theologically sound.