Scripture Verse

Love one another, as I have loved you. John 15:12

Introduction

Words: Eu­nice Whit­fold, in The King’s Mes­sage, ed­it­ed by Ed­mund Lo­renz & Ira B. Wil­son (New York: Lo­renz Pub­lish­ing, 1910), num­ber 32.

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

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Whit­fold (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Edmund S. Lorenz
(1854–1942)

Lyrics

Open wider the door
Of your heart to the light;
Let the sunshine of love
Make its corners all bright;
Let no selfish desires
Bring the shadow of night,
Only love makes our toil worthwhile.

Refrain

Let the sunlight and the love-light
Fill your face with their glory,
With a bright, sunny smile;
Bear your trials with patience,
Good cheer sure will win;
Only love makes our toil worthwhile!

Refrain

If your face is alight
With the sunshine of love
Then your soul will be filled
With a joy from above;
Everywhere you’ll find gladness,
Tho’ widely you rove;
Only love makes our toil worthwhile.

Refrain

Learn to love men about you,
Whatever you learn,
Finding no one too lowly
And no one to spurn;
Love will teach you to help them,
Their good to discern,
Only love makes our toil worthwhile.

Refrain