Eternal Light! Eternal Light

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Eternal Light! Eternal Light!
  How pure the soul must be
When, placed within Thy searching sight,
It shrinks not, but with calm delight
  Can live and look on Thee.
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The spirits that surround Thy throne
  May bear the burning bliss;
But that is surely theirs alone,
Since they have never, never known
  A fallen world like this.
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Oh, how shall I, whose native sphere
  Is dark, whose mind is dim,
Before th’ Ineffable appear,
And on my natural spirit bear
  The uncreated beam?
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There is a way for man to rise
  To Thee, sublime Abode;
An Offering and a Sacrifice,
A Holy Spirit’s energies,
  An Advocate with God:
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These, these prepare us for the sight
  Of holiness above;
The sons of ignorance and night
May dwell in the eternal Light,
  Through the eternal Love.
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Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

Born in England, son of Presbyterian parents, he became a minister and writer. He attacked the established church and was one of the 1st Nonconformists to improve hymn singing in their gatherings.

Of all his poems, only this one has remained. - Songs of the Spirit by Martin


Heshimu

San Jose, Ca, United States

Beautiful... "through eternal love". The sacrifice God provided makes us able to abide in the "uncreated" light. Blessings.