Scripture Verse

The Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light. Isaiah 60:19

Introduction

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Horatius Bonar
(1808–1889)

Words: Ho­ra­ti­us Bo­nar, Hymns of Faith and Hope, se­cond ser­ies (Lon­don: James Nis­bet, 1861), pag­es 49–51.

Music: Do­min­i­ca Her­bert S. Oak­e­ley, 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Herbert S. Oakeley
(1830–1903)

Lyrics

O everlasting Light,
Giver of dawn and day,
Dispeller of the ancient night
In which creation lay!

O everlasting Light,
Shine graciously within!
Brightest of all on earth that’s bright,
Come, shine away my sin!

O everlasting Rock,
Sole refuge in distress,
My fort when foes assail and mock,
My rest in weariness!

O everlasting Fount,
From which the waters burst,
The streams of the eternal mount,
That quench time’s sorest thirst!

O everlasting Health,
From which all healing springs;
My bliss, my treasure, and my wealth,
To Thee my spirit clings!

O everlasting Truth,
Truest of all that’s true;
Sure guide of erring age and youth,
Lead me and teach me too!

O everlasting Strength,
Uphold me in the way;
Bring me, in spite of foes, at length,
To joy, and light, and day!

O everlasting Love,
Wellspring of grace and peace,
Pour down Thy fullness from above,
Bid doubt and trouble cease!

O everlasting Rest,
Lift off life’s load of care!
Relieve, revive this burdened breast,
And every sorrow bear.

Thou art in Heav’n our all,
Our all on earth art Thou;
Upon Thy glorious name we call,
Lord Jesus, bless us now!