Scripture Verse

I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life. John 8:12


Edmund S. Lorenz

Words: Jen­nie B. Wil­son, in Mis­sion­ary Songs (New York: Lo­renz & Com­pa­ny, 1880), num­ber 10.

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

Jennie Wilson


Hold up God’s true and saving light,
The lamp of life divine;
That brightly thro’ sin’s dreary night
Its blessèd rays may shine.


O hold the lamp of life aloft!
Let its light and its glory shine,
Till each land and isle afar,
Where immortal spirits are,
Shall rejoice in the light divine.

On life’s great deep our brother’s bark
Is drifting with the tide;
The beacon gleaming thro’ the dark,
From danger’s course to guide.


In error’s gloom with none to save
From never ending loss,
Stray precious souls for whom Christ gave
His blood upon the cross.


While we in God’s true light rejoice,
For help a righteous plea
Comes to us in a plaintive voice
From sad lands o’er the sea.