Spirit Seeking Light and Beauty
Spirit seeking light and beauty,
Heart that longest for thy rest,
Soul that asketh understanding,
Only thus can ye be blest.
Through the vastness of creation
Tho' your restless thought may roam,
God is all that you can long for,
God is all his creatures' home.
Taste and see him, feel and hear him,
Hope and grasp his unseen hand;
Tho’ the darkness seem to hide him,
Faith and love can understand.
God, who lovest all thy creatures,
All our hearts are known to thee;
Lead us thro’ the land of shadows
To thy blest eternity.
This beautiful, haunting hymn was written by an English nun of the Society of the Sacred Heart, Janet Erskine Stuart (1857-1914), who converted from Anglicanism. She set the words to the lovely Gaelic tune Domhnach Trionoide which translates “Trinity Sunday.”
Sketch for a painting by Sierra Dante, Spirit Seeking Light and Beauty