494. C. M. Doddridge. The Knowledge of God.
1 Shine forth, Eternal Source of light!
And make thy glories known;
Fill our enlarged, adoring sight
With lustre all thine own.
2 Vain are the charms, and faint the rays
The brightest creatures boast;
And all their grandeur and their praise
Is in thy presence lost.
3 To know the Author of our frame
Is our sublimest skill;
True science is to read thy name,
True life to obey thy will.
4 For this I long, for this I pray,
And following on pursue,
Till visions of eternal day
Fix and complete the view.