O Splendor of God's Glory Bright
David Ashley White

Composer David Ashley White
Text Ambrose of Milan, 4th cent., tr. by Robert S. Bridges, 1899, alt.
Voicing SATB, organ
Topic Light
Price $2.00 (U.S.)
Length 1' 55" Released 6/14
Catalog no. 420-322
Difficulty Mod. easy

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Anthem text
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.

O thou true Sun, on us thy glance
let fall in royal radiance;
the Spirit’s sanctifying beam
Upon our earthly senses stream.

Creator, too, our prayers implore,
Creator of glory evermore;
Creator of all grace and might,
to banish sin from our delight.

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.

--Ambrose of Milan, 4th cent.; tr. by Robert S. Bridges, 1899, alt.

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Description In this anthem, Ambrose of Milan’s grand text is set to a plainsong-like melody and treated in several contrasting ways, before a large conclusion.


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