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

Charles E. W. Harvey (1846–1922), alt.

Eagley James Walch, 1860 (🔊 pdf nwc).

illustration
Nativity, by Sandro Botticelli (1445–1510)

Light of the world, come nigh and bless
Thy children here below,
Who in Thy house Thy name confess,
On us Thy grace bestow.

Light of the world, we celebrate
Tonight Thy lowly birth,
And teach our little ones of Thee
Who came from Heaven to earth.

Light of the world, in manger low
Thou deigned to lay Thy head,
That we in darkest night of sin
Might to Thy light be led.

Light of the world, into our hearts
Let Thy full glory shine,
That we may follow now Thy star
Until we reach Thy shrine.

Light of the world, we worship Thee,
Our humble gifts we bring;
Accept our sinful hearts, O Lord,
While praise to Thee we sing.

Light of the world, when Thou shalt come
Our judge and Lord to be,
May we through Thy dear sacrifice
Forever dwell with Thee.