Since o'er thy footstool

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Since o'er thy footstool here below 
such radiant gems are strewn, 
oh, what magnificence must glow, 
great God, about thy throne! 
So brilliant here these drops of light - 
there the full ocean rolls, how bright! 

If night's blue curtain of the sky - 
with thousand stars in-wrought, 
hung like a royal canopy 
with glittering diamonds fraught - 
be, Lord, thy temple's outer veil, 
what splendor at the shrine must dwell! 

The dazzling sun at noonday hour - 
as from a flaming vase 
flinging over earth the golden shower 
till vale and mountain blaze -
but shows, O Lord, one beam of thine, 
what, then, the day where thou dost shine! 

Oh, how shall these dim eyes endure 
that noon of living rays, 
or how our spirits, so impure, 
upon thy glory gaze! 
Anoint, O Lord, anoint our sight,
and fit us for that world of light.

#158 in Hymnal: A Worship Book

Words:  William A. Muhlenburg, A Collection of Psalms and Hymns..., 2nd ed., 1837
   Tune:  Asa B. Everett, A Collection of Psalms and Hymns..., 2nd ed., 1837

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