|O CHRIST, our true and only Light,
Shine upon those who sit in night;
Make needy souls now hear Thy voice,
And in Thy fold with us rejoice.
|2||All who have strayed afar from Thee,
O gently seek! Thy healing be
To every wounded conscience given,
And let them also share Thy Heaven.
|3||O make the deaf to hear Thy Word,
And teach the dumb to speak, dear Lord,
Who dare not yet the faith avow,
Though secretly they hold it now.
|4||Shine on the wayward and the cold,
Recall the wanderers from Thy fold;
Those now unite who walk apart,
Confirm the weak and doubting heart.
|5||So they with us may evermore
Such grace, with wondering thanks, adore;
And endless praise to Thee be given
By all Thy Church in earth and Heaven.
|Johann Heermann, 1585-1647,
tr Catherine Winkworth, 1827-78