Scripture Verse

Thou art my lamp, O Lord: and the Lord will lighten my darkness. 2 Samuel 22:29


Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship, ed­it­ed by R. Hall (Lon­don: Bur­ton & Briggs, 1817), num­ber 692. De­light­ing in the Word.

Music: Mar­tyr­dom Hugh Wil­son, 1800. Ar­ranged by Ralph E. Hud­son, cir­ca 1885 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Bed­dome or Wil­son (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Oh Thou who art my light, my hope,
My Savior and my all,
I feel Thy truth within my heart,
I hear Thy gracious call.

Thy word like precious ointment spreads
Sweet fragrance through my mind,
In all my frame, so cold before,
A sacred warmth I find.

Though foes beset on every side,
And earthly friends forsake,
Here I can find a resting place,
Of solid peace partake.

Let Europe’s sons to India’s shores,
This sacred volume send;
Spread far abroad its genial rays,
Till time its course shall end.