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March 16, 2005

16R Bearer of Being

Original Title: "Lord of All Being," Oliver Wendell Holmes (1859), TRANSYLVANIA, Hungarian chorale (16th Century); New Title: "Bearer of Being," rev. REH (2006), same hymn tune. The hymn appears in neither The New Century Hymnal nor in Singing the Living Tradition. Holmes, a 19th century Unitarian from Massachusetts, taught at Har­vard, was a writer, father of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., and founder of Atlantic Magazine, where the lyrics of this hymn first appeared. "There before was a throne." Revelation 4:2; see also Psalm 103:19. Ephesians 4:25, 5:2, "Let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors . . . and live in love."


1. Bear-er of be-ing, throned a-far,
Thy glo-ry flames from sun and star;
Cen-ter and soul of ev-ery sphere,
Yet to each lo-ving heart how near!

2. Sun of our life, thy quick-ening ray,
Sheds on our path the glow of day;
Star of our hope, thy soft-ened light,
Cheers the long watch-es of the night.

3. Our mid-night is thy smile with-drawn;
Our noon-tide is thy gra-cious dawn;
Our rain-bow arch, thy mer-cy’s sign;
All, save the clouds of sin, are thine.

4. Life of all life, be-low, a-bove,
Whose light is truth, whose warmth is love,
Be-fore thy ev-er blaz-ing throne:
We ask no lus-ter of our own.

5. Grant us thy truth to make us free,
And kind-ling hearts that burn for thee,
Till all thy liv-ing al-tars claim
One ho-ly light, one heaven-ly flame. A-men.

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