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Holy Days: The Transfiguration

285. O wondrous type! O vision fair



John Baptiste Calkin, 1872


Tr. John Mason Peale, 1854;


O wondrous type! O vision fair

Of glory that the Church shall share,

Which Christ upon the mountain shows

Where brighter than the sun he glows!

From age to age the tale declare

How with the three disciples there,

Where Moses and Elias meet,

The Lord holds converse high and sweet.


With shining face and bright array,

Christ deigns to manifest today

What glory shall be theirs above

Who joy in God with perfect love.

And faithful hearts are raised on high

By this great vision's mystery;

For which in joyful strains we raise

The voice of prayer, the hymn of praise.

O Father, with the eternal Son,

And Holy Spirit, ever One,

Vouchsafe to bring us by thy grace

To see thy glory face to face.


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