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

Emma M. Johnston, 1888.

William J. Kirkpatrick (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William J. Kirkpatrick (1838-1921)

Why should life a weary journey seem?
Jesus is my light and song!
Why should I my cross a burden deem?
Jesus is my light and song!
All my way is marked by love divine;
Round my cross the rays of glory shine;
Christ Himself companion is of mine—
Jesus is my light and song!

Refrain

Jesus is my light, Jesus is my light,
Jesus is my light and song;
Jesus is my light, Jesus is my light,
Jesus is my light and song.

What tho’ foes at every step I meet?
Jesus is my light and song!
What tho’ snares are ready for my feet?
Jesus is my light and song!
He was first of all to tread the way,
He was first to battle in the fray;
Now on Him my every hope I stay—
Jesus is my light and song!

Refrain

When I come to Jordan’s rolling tide,
Jesus is my light and song!
When the waves like mountains override,
Jesus is my light and song!
Thro’ the flood His form shall still be near,
Thro’ the tide His voice shall sweetly cheer;
I shall Jordan breast without a fear—
Jesus is my light and song!

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