Scripture Verse

Send out Thy light and Thy truth. Psalm 43:3


Edward R. Sill (1841–1887)

Words: Ed­ward R. Sill, The Her­mi­tage (New York: Ley­poldt & Holt, 1868).

Music: Gar­den City Ho­ra­tio W. Par­ker, 1890 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

Horatio W. Parker (1863–1919)


Send down Thy truth, O God;
Too long the sha­dows frown;
Too long the dark­ened way we’ve trod:
Thy truth, O Lord, send down.

Send down Thy Spir­it free,
Till wil­der­ness and town
One tem­ple for Thy wor­ship be:
Thy Spir­it, O send down.

Send down Thy love, Thy life,
Our less­er lives to crown,
And cleanse them of their hate and strife:
Thy liv­ing love send down.

Send down Thy peace, O Lord:
Earth’s bit­ter voices drown
In one deep ocean of ac­cord:
Thy peace, O God, send down.