Scripture Verse

The Lord shall be thine everlasting light. Isaiah 60:20

Introduction

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Horatius Bonar
(1808–1889)

Words: Ho­ra­ti­us Bo­nar, Hymns of Faith and Hope, se­cond ser­ies (Lon­don: James Nis­bet, 1861), pag­es 173–74 (re­frain add­ed).

Music: W. How­ard Doane, Joy­ful Lays (New York & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Big­low & Main, 1884), num­ber 15 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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W. Howard Doane
(1832–1915)

Lyrics

O Light of light, shine in!
Cast out this night of sin;
Create true day within;
O Light of light, shine in!

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O Light, all light excelling,
Make my soul Thy dwelling;
O Joy, all grief dispelling,
To my poor heart come in.

O Joy of joys, come in!
End Thou this grief of sin;
Create calm peace within;
O Joy of joys, come in!

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O Life of life, pour in!
Expel this death of sin;
Awake true life within;
O Life of life, pour in!

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O Love of love, flow in!
This hateful root of sin
Pluck up, destroy within;
O Love of love, flow in!

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O Heav’n of heav’ns, descend!
This cloudy curtain rend,
And all earth’s turmoil end,
O Heav’n of heav’ns, descend!

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My God and Lord, oh come!
Of joys the joy and sum,
Make in this heart Thy home;
My God and Lord, oh come!

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