Scripture Verse

I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12

Introduction

Words: Charles H. Ro­ming­er, 1911.

Music: Ro­ming­er T. Stan­ley Skin­ner, 1911 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Rominger or Skinner (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Origin of the Hymn

Rominger, who has a large Mo­ra­vi­an Sun­day School in Beth­le­hem [Penn­syl­van­ia], wrote our hymn Thou art, O Christ, the light and life dur­ing his sen­ior year in the the­o­lo­gic­al sem­in­a­ry, af­ter two years of ser­i­ous con­flict with doubt in its var­i­ous phas­es and forms. His teach­ers were so firm­ly grounded in their own faith that he felt they were of lit­tle as­sist­ance to him. He was, there­fore, com­pelled to fight his own bat­tles back to vi­sion and as­sur­ance. This hymn is a pray­er of thanks­giv­ing af­ter he real­ized that through all of his wan­der­ings there had been a guid­ing and sus­tain­ing hand.

Carl Fowl­er Price
The Chris­tian Ad­vo­cate, No­vem­ber 28, 1912

Lyrics

Thou art, O Christ, the light and life
Of all my soul’s aspiring hope,
Without that life in daily strife
I could not dare with sin to cope.

I have not strength to stand alone,
When storms of doubt and fears assail;
But Thou, yea, Thou, and Thou alone
Must o’er my doubts and fears prevail.

I have not courage to resist,
When Satan’s hosts attack me sore;
I must on Thee alone subsist,
Till sin and sorrow reign no more.

And when, in that bright realm above,
I see Thee ever face to face,
I’ll breathe the fragrance of Thy love,
I’ll sing the wonder of Thy grace.