June 15, 2014

Poem: O Light Invisible, We Praise Thee!

We See the Light, But See Not Whence it Comes

O Light Invisible, We Praise Thee! is an excerpt from Choruses from The Rock by T.S. Eliot (1888-1965). The Rock is a play that Elliot wrote in the form of a medieval pageant which included music by Martin Shaw and was first performed in 1934. O Light Invisible, We Praise Thee! is included in the Poems for All Seasons Appendix of the Divine Office (1974).


  1. Myself, I prefer to use the common Latin hymnody, although (obviously) the use of vernacular texts/melodies is an allowable option. Having said that, Eliot's poem is beautiful. Thanks!

  2. Actually, this this happens to be the last poem I'll be posting for awhile. I'll be returning to the Latin hymns in my next posts. - Thanks for visiting.

  3. I have been (slowly) assembling on Spotify a playlist of versions of the Latin hymns... which, if I understand it correctly, can be freely accessed by other Spotify users. May be of interest :-)



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