Sunset to Sunrise
The Lord has turned all our sunsets into sunrise.
Sunset to sunrise changes now,
For God doth make His world anew;
On the Redeemer's thron-crowned brow
The wonders of that dawn we view.
E'en though the sun withholds its light,
Lo! a more heavenly lamp shines here,
And from the cross on Calv'ry's height
Gleams of eternity appear.
Here in o'erwhelming final strife
The Lord of life hath victory,
And sin is slain, and death brings life,
And earth inherits heaven's key.
- Clement of Alexandria, 2nd c.Note: Refers to ancient images of the Crucifixion which show the Moon and Sun on either side of the Cross.
Labels: 2nd c., Clement of Alexandria