Behold the King in his beauty

O God, who on the holy mount
Didst reveal to chosen witnesses
Thy well-beloved Son,
Wonderfully transfigured,
In raiment white and glistening:
Mercifully, grant that we,
Being delivered from the disquietude of this world,
May by faith behold the King in his beauty.

                                       Book of Common Prayer

1 Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

2 Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might:
thy justice, like mountains high soaring above,
thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

3 To all, life thou givest, to both great and small;
in all life thou livest, the true life of all;
we blossom and flourish like leaves on the tree,
then wither and perish, but naught changeth thee.

4 Thou reignest in glory, thou dwellest in light,
thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
all praise we would render; O help us to see
’tis only the splendor of light hideth thee!
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