This is my 8th entry in the Lenten-Hymn-of-the-Day project.
THANKS to ALL who have uploaded hymns! :-)
This hymn is found at #144 in "The Hymnal 1982". It seems to be a "rare" hymn, as, though I'm SURE I've seen it someplace else, I can't find it. It's another one of those hymns that you say, "Hmm, maybe I'll do this one NEXT year..."
The main reason I may have avoided it is that it indicates that the music is "altered" and I don't like doing altered stuff.
The words are translated from the Latin by . Anne K. Lecroy (b. 1930), and the music is by Harold Darke (1888-1976), an English composer of some significance, probably most famous for his carol, "In the bleak mid-winter," which has been aptly described as "a miracle of simplicity."
The tune is named "Cornhill" in honor of the famous St. Michael's Church in London, located on Cornhill, were Darke was organist for many years. I'm glad to see that it is still a THOROUGHLY TRADITIONAL parish!
Lord Jesus, Sun of Righteousness,
Shine in our hearts, we pray;
Dispel the gloom that shades our minds
And be to us as day.
Give guidance to our wandering ways,
Forgive us, Lord, our sin;
Restore us by your loving care
To peace and joy within.
Lord, grant that we in penitence
May offer you our praise,
And through your saving sacrifice
Receive your gift of grace.
Now nearer draws the day of days
When paradise shall bloom,
When we shall be at one with you,
Lord, risen from the tomb.
The universe your glory shows,
Blest Father, Spirit, Son;
We shall acclaim your majesty,
Eternal Three in One. Amen.