Word Supreme, Before Creation
day of St. John the Apostle and Evangelist is December 27
See: Hymns To St. John The Evangelist
Words: J. Keble, 1792-1866
Source: Percy Dearmer, R. Vaughan Williams, et. al., eds., The English Hymnal. London: Oxford University Press, 1906, Hymn #33, p. 57.
1. Word supreme, before creation
Born of God eternally,
Who didst will for our salvation
To be born on earth, and die;
Will thy Saints have kept their station,
Watching till thine hour drew nigh.
2. Now 'tis come, and faith espies thee;
Like an eaglet in the morn,
One in steadfast worship eyes thee,
Thy beloved, thy latest born:
In thy glory he descries thee
Reigning from the tree of scorn.
3. He upon Thy Bosom lying
Thy true tokens learn'd by heart;
And Thy dearest pledge in dying,
Lord, Thou didst to him impart:
Show'dst him how, all grace supplying,
Blood and water from Thee start.
4. He first hoping and believing
Did beside the grave adore;
Latest he, the warfare leaving,
Landed on the eternal shore;
And his witness we receiving
Own thee Lord for evermore.
5. Much he asked in loving wonder,
On thy bosom leaning, Lord!
In that secret place of thunder,
Answer kind didst thou accord.
Wisdom for thy Church to ponder
Till the day of dread award.
6. Lo! heaven's doors lift up, revealing
How thy judgements earthward move;
Scrolls unfolded, trumpets pealing,
Wine-cups from the wrath above,
Yet o'er all a soft voice stealing --
'Little children, trust and love!'
7. Thee, the Almighty King eternal,
Father of the eternal Word;
Thee, the Father's Word supernal,
Thee, of both, the Breath adored;
Heaven, and earth, and realms infernal
Own, one glorious God and Lord.
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Third verse from Hymns Ancient and Modern (London: 1889).
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