Scripture Verse

The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light. Exodus 13:21


Israelites Led by the Pillar of Fire by Night
William West, 1845

Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome, in the Bris­tol Col­lec­tion of Ash & Evans, 1769, num­ber 80.

Music: Ux­bridge Lo­well Ma­son, 1830 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

Lowell Mason


When Israel through the desert passed,
A fiery pillar went before;
Their guide by night through all the waste
From Egypt quite to Ca­naan’s shore.

Such is Thy glorious Word, O God,
’Tis for our light and guidance giv’n;
It sheds its luster all abroad
And points the path to bliss and Heav’n.

It fills the soul with sweet delight,
And quickens its inactive powers;
Sets all our wandering footsteps right,
Displays Thy love, and kindles ours.

Its promises rejoice our hearts,
Its doctrines are divinely true;
Knowledge and pleasure it imparts,
Yields comfort and instruction, too.

Ye favored lands that have this Word,
[Originally, Ye British isles, who have this word]
Ye saints who feel its saving power,
Your efforts join with one accord,
To send it forth to every shore.