He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.@John 8:12

Hel­en H. Mill­er, 1920. Mill­er and Sall­ie Doug­las met at a YWCA con­fer­ence at the Sil­ver Bay As­so­ci­a­tion at Lake George in New York’s Ad­ir­on­dacks. This song, in­spired by Al­fred Tenn­y­son’s po­em Mer­lin and the Gleam, about the quest for the Ho­ly Grail, came out of their meet­ing. It won the 1920 Sil­ver Bay Prize at Bryn Mawr Col­lege, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Sal­lie H. Doug­las, 1915 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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The Holy Grail
Dante G. Rossetti (1828–1882)

To the knights in the days of old,
Keeping watch on the mountain height,
Came a vision of Holy Grail
And a voice through the waiting night:
Follow, follow, follow the gleam;
Banners unfurled o’er all the world;
Follow, follow, follow the gleam
Of the chalice that is the Grail.

And we who would serve the King,
And loyally Him obey,
In the consecrate silence know
That the challenge still holds today,
Follow, follow, follow the gleam
Standards of worth o’er all the earth;
Follow, follow, follow the gleam
Of the Light that shall bring the dawn.