The Pursuit of God

Majesty Divine!

Full of glory, full of wonders,
   Majesty Divine!
Mid Thine everlasting thunders
   How Thy lightnings shine!
Shoreless Ocean! who shall sound Thee?
Thine own eternity is round Thee,
   Majesty Divine!

Timeless, spaceless, single, lonely,
   Yet sublimely Three,
Thou art grandly, always, only
   God in Unity!
Lone in grandeur, lone in glory,
Who shall tell Thy wondrous story,
   Awful Trinity?

Speechlessly, without beginning,
   Sun that never rose!
Vast, adorable, and winning,
   Day that hath no close!
Bliss from Thine own glory tasting,
Everliving, everlasting,
   Life that never grows!

Thine own Self for ever filling
   With self-kindled flame,
In Thyself Thou art distilling
   Unctions without name!
Without worshipping of creatures
Without veiling of Thy features,
   God always the same!

In Thy praise of Self untiring
   Thy perfections shine;
Self-sufficient, self-admiring,
   Such life must be Thine;
Glorifying Self, yet blameless
With a sanctity all shameless
   It is so divine!

’Mid Thine uncreated morning,
   Like a trembling star
I behold creation’s dawning
   Glimmering from afar;
Nothing giving, nothing taking,
Nothing changing, nothing breaking,
   Waiting at time’s bar!

I with life and love diurnal
   See myself in Thee,
All embalmed in love eternal,
   Floating in Thy sea:
’Mid Thine uncreated whiteness
I behold Thy glory’s brightness
   Feed itself on me.

Splendours upon splendours beaming
Change and intertwine;
Glories over glories streaming
All translucent shine!
Blessings, praises adorations
Greet Thee from the trembling nations
Majesty Divine!

Hymn by Frederick William Faber