357. Supreme and universal light!

1 Supreme and universal light!
Fountain of reason! Judge of right!
Without whose kind, directing ray,
In everlasting night we stray:

2 Assist us, Lord, to act, to be,
What all thy sacred laws decree;
Worthy that intellectual flame,
Which from thy breathing spirit came.

3 No slave to profit, shame, or fear,
O may our steadfast bosoms bear
The stamp of heav'n, an honest heart,
Above the mean disguise of art!

4 May our expanded souls disclaim
The narrow view, the selfish aim;
But with a Christian zeal embrace
Whate’er is friendly to our race.

5 O Father! grace and virtue grant:
No more we wish, no more we want:
To know, to serve thee, and to love,
Is peace below, is bliss above.

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First Line: Supreme and universal light!
Meter: L. M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1845
Topic: The Church: Congregational
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