Scripture Verse

Then shall Thy light break forth as the morning.@Isaiah 58:8

Introduction

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Fanny Crosby
(1820–1915)

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, 1892. Some hym­nals give the au­thor as El­la or El­len Dare, one of Fan­ny’s pseu­do­nyms.

Music: John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John R. Sweney
(1837–1899)

Lyrics

Send out the sunlight, the sunlight of cheer
Shine on earth’s sadness till it disappear—
Souls are in waiting this message to hear,
Send out the sunlight of love.

Refrain

Send out the sunlight of love,
Send out the sunlight of love,
Send out the sunlight,
Send out the sunlight,
Send out the sunlight of love.

Send out the sunlight in letter and word;
Speak it and think it till hearts are all stirred—
Hearts that are hungry for prayers still unheard,
Send out the sunlight of love.

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Send out the sunlight each hour and each day,
Crown all the years with its luminous ray,
Nourish the seeds that are sown on the way,
Send out the sunlight of love.

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Send out the sunlight that speaks in a smile,
Often it shortens the long, weary mile,
Often the burden seems light for a while,
Send out the sunlight of love.

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Send out the sunlight, as free as the air!
Blessings will follow with none to compare.
Blessings of peace, that will rise from despair!
Send out the sunlight of love.

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Send out the sunlight, you have it in you!
Clouds may obscure it just now from your view;
Pray for its presence! Your prayer will come true,
Send out the sunlight of love!

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