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Hymn to the Sun

By Frederik Paludan-Müller (1809–1876)

From ‘Kalanus’: Translation of William Morton Payne

HAIL to thee in thy uprising bright,

Sun, of all believing souls adored;

Conqueror by thy flaming splendor poured

Over all the darkness of the night.

Welcome, heaven’s great watchman, to our sight;

Brahma’s servant, to thy master proffer

This our prayer, which here our lips do offer,

And our praise of his eternal might.

Wake the tired heart from slothful sleep

And dispel the shadows of the soul.

As thou dost upon thy pathway roll,

Bear us also upward from the deep.

Be our minds uplifted that they keep

Thee in view, while ever mounting higher

Toward the light to which our souls aspire

From the gloom in which on earth they creep.