Scripture Verse

Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun. Ecclesiastes 11:7

Introduction

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William W. How
(1823–1897)

Words: Will­iam W. How, 1871.

Music: Ruth (Smith) Sam­u­el Smith, 1865 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Yosemite Upper Falls

Lyrics

God’s free mercy streameth
Over all the world,
And His banner gleameth,
By His church unfurled;
Broad and deep and glorious,
As the heaven above,
Shines in might victorious
His eternal love.

Summer suns are glowing
Over land and sea;
Happy light is flowing
Bountiful and free;
Everything rejoices
In the mellow rays;
Earth’s ten thousand voices
Swell the psalm of praise.

Lord, upon our blindness
Thy pure radiance pour;
For Thy lovingkindness
We would love Thee more;
And when clouds are drifting
Dark across the sky,
Then, the veil uplifting,
Father, be Thou nigh.

We will never doubt Thee,
Though Thou veil Thy light;
Life is dark without Thee,
Death with Thee is bright;
Light of light, shine o’er us
On our pilgrim way;
Go Thou still before us
To the endless day.