Scripture Verse

Even the night shall be light about me. Psalm 139:11

Introduction

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William H. Furness
(1802–1896)

Words: Will­iam H. Fur­ness, 1823.

Music: Sey­mour, from the op­e­ra Ob­er­on, by Carl M. von We­ber, 1826. Hen­ry W. Great­or­ex published it as a hymn tune in 1851 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

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Carl M. von Weber
(1786–1826)

Lyrics

Slowly, by God’s hand unfurled,
Down around the weary world
Falls the darkness; O, how still
Is the working of His will!

Mighty Spirit, ever nigh!
Work in me as silently;
Veil the day’s distracting sights,
Show me Heaven’s eternal lights.

Living stars to view be brought
In the boundless realms of thought;
High and infinite desires,
Flaming like those upper fires!

Holy truth, eternal right,
Let them break upon my sight;
Let them shine serene and still,
And with light my being fill.