Thou Unbeginning Light of Life

Thou Unbeginning Light of Life!
Thou Uncreated Fire!
No hands didst ever kindle Thee,
Or did Thy being sire.

No tinder doth Thy life demand,
No fuel Thy flame sustains;
Thou art Thine own eternal source,
Thy works are not Thy gain.

Creation didst not make Thee bright,
Nor cause Thee then to glow;
A mirror for Thy unmade light,
It serves Thy gleam to show.

Nor doth man’s praise Thy light increase,
As if thou needed aught;
Reflectors’ only boast can be
The brilliance of their source.

Thy brightness shall not fail to shine
Though time lose count of days;
From age to age Thou art undimmed:
Eternally ablaze!

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