O Thou Who makest souls to shine

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    Verse 1
    O Thou Who makest souls to shine
    With light from brighter worlds above;
    And droppest glistening dew Divine
    On all who seek a Saviour's love.

    Verse 2
    Do Thou Thy benediction give
    On all who teach, on all who learn,
    That all Thy Church may holier live,
    And every lamp more brightly burn.

    Verse 3
    Give those that teach pure hearts and wise,
    Faith, hope, and love, all warmed by prayer;
    Themselves first training for the skies,
    They best will raise their people there.

    Verse 4
    Give those that learn the willing ear,
    The spirit meek, the guileless mind;
    Such gifts will make the lowliest here
    Far better than a kingdom find.

    Verse 5
    Oh! bless the shepherd; bless the sheep,
    That guide and guided both be one;
    One, in the faithful watch they keep,
    Until this hurrying life be done.

    Verse 6
    If thus, good Lord, Thy grace be given,
    Our glory meets us ere we die;
    Before we upward pass to Heaven,
    We taste our immortality.