In the beginning was the Word, the source
Of cosmic order, with God vis-à-vis;
God was the Word, who was the motive force
Through whom all things were made and came to be.
In Him who faced the Father there was life
Which was for all mankind the light to shine
And pierce the darkness of our storm and strife;
Dark strives but has not grasped the light divine.
John witnessed to the coming very light,
Whose grace enlightens even faithless men
But only to believers gives the right
To be God’s children, born of God again.
The Word in flesh dwelt here and we perceived
His glory — from His fullness grace receivedShare: