July 13, 2008

"The day-spring from on high"

From The Private Devotions of Lancelot Andrewes.

    THE FIRST DAY

  1. Meditation and Adoration

Through the tender mercies of our God
the day-spring from on high hath visited us.

Glory be to the, O Lord, glory to Thee
  Creator of the visible light,
      The sun's ray, the flame of fire;
  Creator also of the light invisible and intellectual:
      that which is known of God,
      writings of the law,
      oracles of prophets,
      melody of psalms,
      instruction of proverbs,
      experience of histories:
    a light which never sets.
God is the Lord,Who hath shewed us light:
      bind the sacrifice with cords,
      even unto the horns of the altar.

By Thy resurrection raise us up
  unto newness of life,
    supplying to us frames of repentence.
The God of peace,
  that brought us again from the dead
    our Lord Jesus
  that great Shepherd of the sheep,
    through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
make us perfect in every good work
    to do His will,
working in us that which is pleasing in His sight,
    through Jesus Christ;
    to whom be glory for ever and ever....

Lancelot Andrewes was among the most important of the translators who produced the King James Bible. He was an Anglican bishop, a friend of Casaubon, and one of the greatest scholars of his time. His book of Private Devotions is one of the more astonishing productions of the age of Shakespeare and Donne, and can still be used with great profit. He spent a lifetime collecting passages from scripture and the prayer book, and from the saints and fathers, and modified them and wove them together marvelously into his book of devotions. He has the odd distinction of being an undistinguished writer who produced a great work of literature...

Posted by John Weidner at July 13, 2008 9:25 AM
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