Scripture Verse

The entrance of Thy words giveth light. Psalm 119:130


Words: Will­iam Bruce, in the Pres­by­te­ri­an Hym­nal, 1876.

Music: St. Mar­gar­et (Booth) George Booth, The Pri­mi­tive Me­tho­dist Hym­nal with Ac­com­pa­ny­ing Tunes (Lon­don: Ed­win Dal­ton, 1889), num­ber 213 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Bruce or Booth (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Holy Fa­ther, Thou hast giv­en
Holy truth from high­est Hea­ven;
Words of coun­sel wise and pure,
Words of pro­mise bright and sure;
Light that guides us back to Thee,
Back to peace and pu­ri­ty.

Clearer than the sun at noon,
Fairer than the sil­ver moon,
Through the clouds and through the night,
Ever shines this hea­ven­ly light;
Help us, Lord, to lift our eyes
Take its guid­ance and be wise.

Here the wis­dom from above
Beaming ho­li­ness and love,
Kindling hope, dis­pell­ing fear,
Shines to save; for Christ is here:
Knowing, trust­ing Him, we come
From our wan­der­ings glad­ly home.

Blessèd Sav­ior, Light di­vine,
Thou hast bid us rise and shine;
Grant Thy grace, and we shall be
Children of the day in Thee,
Showing all around the road
Back to life, and love, and God.