O Christ, our true and only Light

O Christ, our true and only Light

Translator: Catherine Winkworth; Author: Johann Heermann (1630)
Published in 93 hymnals

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1 O Christ, our true and only light,
enlighten those who sit in night;
let those afar now hear your voice
and in your fold with us rejoice.

2 Fill with the radiance of your grace
the souls now lost in error's maze;
enlighten those whose inmost minds
some dark delusion haunts and blinds.

3 O gently call those gone astray
that they may find the saving way;
let ev'ry conscience sore oppressed
in you find peace and heav'nly rest.

4 Shine on the darkened and the cold,
recall the wand'rers to your fold;
unite all those who walk apart,
confirm the weak and doubting heart,

5 That they with us may evermore
such grace with wond'ring thanks adore
and endless praise to you be giv'n
by all your Church in earth and heav'n.

Source: Christian Worship: Hymnal #904

Translator: Catherine Winkworth

Catherine Winkworth (b. Holborn, London, England, 1827; d. Monnetier, Savoy, France, 1878) is well known for her English translations of German hymns; her translations were polished and yet remained close to the original. Educated initially by her mother, she lived with relatives in Dresden, Germany, in 1845, where she acquired her knowledge of German and interest in German hymnody. After residing near Manchester until 1862, she moved to Clifton, near Bristol. A pioneer in promoting women's rights, Winkworth put much of her energy into the encouragement of higher education for women. She translated a large number of German hymn texts from hymnals owned by a friend, Baron Bunsen. Though often altered, these translations continue to be used i… Go to person page >

Author: Johann Heermann

Johann Heermann's (b. Raudten, Silesia, Austria, 1585; d. Lissa, Posen [now Poland], 1647) own suffering and family tragedy led him to meditate on Christ's undeserved suffering. The only surviving child of a poor furrier and his wife, Heermann fulfilled his mother's vow at his birth that, if he lived, he would become a pastor. Initially a teacher, Heermann became a minister in the Lutheran Church in Koben in 1611 but had to stop preaching in 1634 due to a severe throat infection. He retired in 1638. Much of his ministry took place during the Thirty Years' War. At times he had to flee for his life and on several occasions lost all his possessions. Although Heermann wrote many of his hymns and poems during these devastating times, his persona… Go to person page >

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A Selection of Hymns #97

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American Lutheran Hymnal #109

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Augsburg Songs for Sunday Schools and other services #50

Augsburg Songs, Nos. l and 2 Combined #d212

Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin and Other States #d175

Book of Hymns for the joint Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and other states #d177

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Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #230a

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Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #230b

Children's Chapel Song Book #d45

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Chorale Book for England, The #100

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Christ in Song #116

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Christian Chorals, for the Chapel and Fireside #129

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Christian Hymns #24

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Christian Worship #569

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Christian Worship #904

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Church Book #145

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Church Book #145

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Church Hymnal for Lutheran Services #52

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Common Praise #233

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Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church #47

Evangelical Lutheran Hymn Book with Tunes #d304

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-book #162

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-book #475

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal #161

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Evangelical Lutheran hymnal #161a

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Evangelical Lutheran hymnal #161b

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal. 9th ed. #a161

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #198

Evangelical Lutheran Hymnbook (Lutheran Conference of Missouri and Other States) #d232

Forty-Six Chorales #d30

Hymn Book for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Schools and Congregations #d80

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Hymn Book #51

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Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #100

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Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #185

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Hymnal and Order of Service #52a

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Hymnal and Order of Service #52b

Hymnal for Church, School and Home #d108

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Hymnal for Evangelical Lutheran Missions #38

Hymnal of the Evangelical Church. Word ed. #d496

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Hymnal #52

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Hymns for the use of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, by the Authority of the Ministerium of Pennsylvania #143

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Hymns for Youth #150

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Hymns of the Evangelical Lutheran Church #21

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Luther League Hymnal #94

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Lutheran Service Book #839

Lutheran Sunday School Hymnal. 9th ed. #d139

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Offices of Worship and Hymns #298

School Carols #d200

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Songs of Pilgrimage #710

Songs of Praise #d214

Songs of Praise for Sunday Schools, Church Societies and the Home #d219

Sunday School Hymnal #d284

The Apostolic Christian Hymnal, a Collection of Translations of Hymns ... in the "Zions Harfe" #d120

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book for Public Worship #654

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book, for Public Worship #178.654

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The Baptist Hymn Book #654

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The Book of Worship #266

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The Chapel Hymnal #192

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The Chapel Hymnal #192

The Children's Hymnal #d194

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The Church and Sunday-School Hymnal #91

The Concordia Hymnal #d247

The Concordia Hymnal. Rev. #d249

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The Cyber Hymnal #4753

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The Evangelical Hymnal #331

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The Evangelical Hymnal. Text edition #331

The Haverford School Hymnal #d210

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The Haverford School Hymnal #192

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The Hymnal #360b

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The Hymnal #362

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The Hymnal and Order of Service #67

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The Hymnal and Order of Service #67

The Hymnal of the Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod. Text ed. #d379

The Hymnal of the Reformed Church in the United States #d439

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The Hymnal #346

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The Hymnal #362

The Hymns for the Use of Evangelical Lutheran Congregations #d323

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The Liturgy and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum #90

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The Lutheran Hymnal #512

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The Lutheran Hymnary #221

The Pioneer Hymnal #d174

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The Presbyterian Hymnal #105

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The Presbyterian Hymnal #105

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The Reformed Church Hymnal #69

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The Riverdale Hymn Book #334

The Selah Song Book (Das Sela Gesangbuch) #d524

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The Selah Song Book (Das Sela Gesangbuch) (2nd ed) #350a

The Selah Song Book. Word ed. #d254

The Service of Song for Baptist Churches #d613

The Service of Song for Baptist Churches #d388

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Trinity Hymnal #296

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Wartburg Hymnal #234

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