Scripture Verse

I am the light of the world.@John 8:12
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John S. B. Monsell
(1811–1875)

Words: John S. B. Mon­sell, Hymns of Love and Praise 1863.

Music: Sal­ve Do­mi­ne Law­rence W. Wat­son, 1909 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lawrence W. Watson
(1860–1925)

Light of the world, we hail Thee,
Flushing the eastern skies;
Never shall darkness veil Thee
Again from human eyes;
Too long, alas, withholden,
Now spread from shore to shore;
Thy light, so glad and golden,
Shall set on earth no more.

Light of the world, Thy beauty
Steals into every heart,
And glorifies with duty
Life’s poorest, humblest, part;
Thou robest in Thy splendor
The simple ways of men,
And helpest them to render
Light back to Thee again.

Light of the world, before Thee
Our spirits prostrate fall;
We worship, we adore Thee,
Thou Light, the Life of all;
With Thee is no forgetting
Of all Thine hand hath made;
Thy rising hath no setting,
Thy sunshine hath no shade.

Light of the world, illumine
This darkened earth of Thine,
Till everything that’s human
Be filled with what’s divine;
Till every tongue and nation,
From sin’s dominion free,
Rise in the new creation
Which springs from love and Thee.