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


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
To guide them through the dreary waste
And lessen the fatigue they bore.

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,
The heart with living faith empowers;
It sets our wandering footsteps right,
Displays Thy love, and kindles ours.

Its promises rejoice our hearts,
Its doctrines are divinely true;
While highest wisdom it imparts,
It comforts and instructs us, too.

Ye favored lands that have this Word,
Ye saints who feel its saving power,
Unite your tongues to praise the Lord
And His distinguished grace adore!