1. O Word of God incarnate,
    O Wisdom from on high,
    O Truth unchanged, unchanging,
    O Light of our dark sky:
    we praise you for the radiance
    that from the hallowed page,
    a lantern to our footsteps,
    shines on from age to age.
  2. The church from her dear Master
    received the gift divine,
    and still that light is lifted
    o’er all the earth to shine.
    It is the sacred vessel
    where gems of truth are stored;
    it is the heaven-drawn picture
    of Christ, the living Word.
  3. It floateth like a banner
    before God’s host unfurled;
    it is a shining beacon
    above the darkling world.
    It is the chart and compass
    that o’er life’s surging tide,
    mid mists and rocks and quicksands,
    Still guides, O Christ, to Thee.
  4. O make Thy church, dear Savior,
    a lamp of purest gold,
    to bear before the nations
    your true light as of old.
    O teach your wandering pilgrims
    by this their path to trace,
    till, clouds and darkness ended,
    they see Thee face to face.