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1 I wandered in the shades of night,
Till Jesus came to me,
And with the sunlight of His love
Bid all my darkness flee.

Sunlight, sunlight in my soul today,
Sunlight, sunlight all along the way;
Since the Savior found me
Took away my sin,
I have had the sunlight of his love within.

2 Tho' clouds may gather in the sky,
And billows round me roll,
However dark the world may be,
I've sunlight in my soul. [Refrain]

3 While walking in the light of God,
I sweet communion find;
O press with holy vigor on,
And leave the world behind. [Refrain]

4 I cross the wide-extended fields,
I journey o'er the plain,
And in the sunlight of His love
I reap the golden grain. [Refrain]

5 Soon I shall see Him as He is,
The light that came to me,
Behold the brightness of his face,
Thro'out eternity. [Refrain]

Baptist Hymnal, 1991

Author: Judson W. Van De Venter

Judson Wheeler Van DeVenter was born on a farm near Dundee, Michigan, on December 5, 1855 to John Wesley van Deventer and his wife, Eliza Ann (Wheeler) van Deventer. In 1870, he was one of four children. His older brother, Virgil, was 18 and attending school. Judson was 14 and also a student. His younger brother, Nelson, was 12, and he had a sister, Fanny, who was five. His family was living on a farm in Dundee, Michigan. His grandmother, Polly Wheeler was 6o and living with them. He graduated from Hillsdale College and became an art teacher. Later he was the supervisor of art in the public schools of Sharon, Pennsylvania. In 1880, when he was 24, he married Malissa Miller, who was 21. Malissa‚Äôs mother, Ivy, had remarried to a… Go to person page >

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First Line: I wandered in the shades of night
Title: Sunlight
Author: Judson W. Van De Venter (1897)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Sunlight, sunlight in my soul today



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