Scripture Verse

The opening of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. Psalm 119:130


Words: Pris­cil­la J. Ow­ens, in Hap­py Voic­es for Sun­day School, 1883.

Music: Cag­li­ari Ed­mund S. Lo­renz (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ow­ens (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Edmund S. Lorenz (1854–1942)


Give me the Bi­ble, star of glad­ness gleam­ing,
To cheer the wan­d’rer lone and tem­pest tossed;
No storm can hide that ra­di­ance peace­ful beam­ing,
Since Je­sus came to seek and save the lost.


Give me the Bi­ble, ho­ly mes­sage shin­ing;
Thy light shall guide me in the nar­row way;
Precept and pro­mise, law and love com­bin­ing,
Till night shall van­ish in eter­nal day.

Give me the Bi­ble, when my heart is brok­en,
When sin and grief have filled my soul with fear;
Give me the pre­cious words by Je­sus spok­en,
Hold up faith’s lamp to show my Sav­ior near.


Give me the Bi­ble, all my steps en­light­en,
Teach me the dan­ger of these realms be­low;
That lamp of safe­ty o’er the gloom shall bright­en,
That light alone the path of peace can show.


Give me the Bi­ble, lamp of life im­mor­tal,
Hold up that splen­dor by the op­en grave;
Show me the light from Hea­ven’s shin­ing por­tal,
Show me the glo­ry gild­ing Jor­dan’s wave.