Words: , Hymns and Spir­it­u­al Songs, 1740. called this one of Wes­ley’s fin­est com­po­si­tions.

Music: Ratisbon, ’s Chor­al­buch zu den neu­en pro­test­ant­isch­en Ge­sang­büch­ern (Leip­zig, Ger­ma­ny: 1815); har­mo­ny by , 1861. Al­ter­nate tunes:

  • Day-Star, , 1872
  • Fred til Bod, , 1871
  • Lux Pri­ma (Gou­nod), , 1872
  • Ministres de l’Éternel, Ge­ne­van Psal­ter, 1562

Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
Christ, the true, the only Light,
Sun of Righteousness, arise,
Triumph o’er the shades of night;
Dayspring from on high, be near;
Day-star, in my heart appear.

Dark and cheerless is the morn
Unaccompanied by Thee;
Joyless is the day’s return
Till Thy mercy’s beams I see;
Till they inward light impart,
Glad my eyes, and warm my heart.

Visit then this soul of mine,
Pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
Fill me, Radiancy divine,
Scatter all my unbelief;
More and more Thyself display,
Shining to the perfect day.