In the back of the issue of Christian History I posted about earlier today is a list of hymns: "2000 years, 25 hymns." One of the earliest is "O Splendor of God's Glory Bright" by Ambrose of Milan (340-397). It was unfamiliar to me. The translation below, except for the final verse, is by Robert Bridges (1844-1930).
|O SPLENDOR of God's glory bright, |
O Thou that bringest light from light,
O Light of Light, light's living spring,
O Day, all days illumining;
|To guide whate'er we nobly do, |
With love all envy to subdue,
To make ill-fortune turn to fair,
And give us grace our wrongs to bear.
|O Thou true Sun, on us Thy glance |
Let fall in royal radiance,
The Spirit's sanctifying beam
Upon our earthly senses stream.
|All laud to God the Father be; |
All praise, eternal Son, to Thee;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To God the holy Paraclete. Amen.
|The Father, too, our prayers implore, |
Father of glory evermore,
The Father of all grace and might,
To banish sin from our delight:
I have found versions of the hymn in several hymnbooks including the one we used in my youth and the one we use where I worship now but I don't recall ever singing it.