Saturday, January 06, 2007
The Star of Bethlehem,
Edward Burne-Jones, 1888-91
Three Kings, Joseph Leyendecker, 1900
(I found these Art Nouveau images quite interesting and fanciful. Hope you like them!)
Though traditionally sung as an evening hymn, I've always loved this text for the Day and season of Epiphany; it is one of the oldest Christian hymns:
O gladsome light, O grace of our Creator's face,
The eternal splendor wearing;
Celestial, holy blest, our Savior Jesus Christ,
Joyful in your appearing!
As fades the day's last light we see the lamps of night,
Our common hymn outpouring,
O God of might unknown, you, the incarnate son,
And Spirit blest adoring.
To you of right belongs all praise of holy songs,
O Son of God, life-giver.
You, therefore, O Most High, the world does glorify
And shall exalt forever.
(Ancient Greek hymn, translated by Robert S. Bridges, 1899)