Holmes also wrote a number of hymns, including this one, which appeared at the end of his book The Professor at the Breakfast Table.
God of all being, throned afar,
Thy glory flames from sun and star;
Center and soul of every sphere,
Yet to each loving heart how near!
Sun of our life, thy quickening ray,
Sheds on our path the glow of day;
Star of our hope, thy softened light
Cheers the long watches of the night.
Lord of all life, below, above,
Thy light is truth, thy warmth is love,
Thy rainbow arch, our covenant sign;
All that illumines earth is thine.
Grant us thy truth to make us free,
And kindling hearts that burn for thee,
Till all thy living altars claim
One holy light, one heavenly flame.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1848; alt.
Tune: MENDON (L.M.)
German melody; arr. Samuel Dyer, 1828
Holmes appears as a character, along with his literary circle of friends from Cambridge, MA (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, and J.T. Fields) in the recent popular historical mystery The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl (recommended).