Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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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).

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Horatio W. Parker
(1863–1919)

Lyrics

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.