Scripture Verse

I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12

Introduction

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Ida L. Reed
1865–1951

Words: Ida L. Reed, 1906.

Music: Will­iam E. Marks (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William E. Marks
1872–1954

Lyrics

Is thy heart op­pressed with sor­row?
Lift thy face to the light;
Dost thou dread a dark to­mor­row?
Lift thy face to the light.
Still it shines un­fail­ing­ly,
Just be­yond the clouds for thee,
Love’s clear light, so full and free,
Lift thy face to the light.

Refrain

Lift thy face to the light,
Lift thy face to the light,
Soon all clouds will pass away,
Soon will dawn the per­fect day,
Lift thy face to the light!

When thy dear­est hopes shall fail thee,
Lift thy face to the light;
When temp­ta­tions strong as­sail thee,
Lift thy face to the light.
Closer cling when sha­dows fall,
God is with thee thro’ them all,
He will hear thy faint­est call,
Lift thy face to the light.

Refrain

Thro’ life’s sun and sha­dow sing­ing,
Lift thy face to the light;
In thy heart God’s prais­es ring­ing,
Lift thy face to the light.
Other lives with grief bowed low,
From thine own may catch the glow,
Learn love’s full­est peace to know,
Lift thy face to the light.

Refrain