Christ Whose Glory Fills the Sky

Epiphany

If you are looking for a song to sing for Epiphany I think this must be the one.  This text by Charles Wesley has been retuned more than any other ‘epiphany’ text.  Although it would be an exercise in severe naval gazing it would be wonderful to plan a service where we actually sing each of the settings in a single service.

VERSIONS:

Luke Morton – MP3 | Chart
Brian Moss – mp3 | chart
High Street Hymns – mp3 | Chord Chart | Lead Sheet | Piano Score
Matthew Smith – mp3 | chart
Castle Island Hymns – mp3 | chart
Grace and Peace – mp3 | chart

1. Christ, Whose glory fills the skies,
Christ, the true, the only light,
Sun of Righteousness, arise!
Triumph o’er the shades of night;
Day-spring from on high, be near;
Day-star, in my heart appear.

2. Dark and cheerless is the morn
Unaccompanied by Thee;
Joyless is the day’s return,
Till Thy mercy’s beams I see;
Till they inward light impart,
Glad my eyes, and warm my heart.

3. Visit then this soul of mine;
Pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
Fill me, Radiancy Divine;
Scatter all my unbelief;
More and more Thyself display,
Shining to the perfect day.

3 thoughts on “Christ Whose Glory Fills the Sky

  1. Nice words. I’ve also got a soft spot for one of the traditional tunes for this: Heathlands.
    Thanks for a couple more tunes to consider for my collection.
    I’m also glad someone else thinks about multiple settings for one set of words. I was tempted to have a sing-a-long with all the folk tunes for ‘While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night’ recently.
    Discretion intervened.

  2. I wanted to put this text to a familiar tune, so my congregation would be able to sing it more clearly, and found that the tune that we sing to “There is a Fountain Filled with Blood” Fits nicely. The only thing I did was tag the first two lines of the first verse at the end of each verse. So you sing, “Christ, Whose glory fills the skies, Christ, the true, the only light” at the end of each verse.

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