Let every lamp be burning bright

Let every lamp be burning bright

Author: Franklin E. Belden
Tune: DILIGENCE (Belden)
Published in 5 hymnals

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1. Let every lamp be burning bright,
The darkest hour is nearing;
The darkest hour of earth’s long night,
Before the Lord’s appearing.

Then trim your lamps, my brethren dear,
Then trim your lamps with godly fear;
The Master’s coming draweth near,
Let every lamp be burning.

2. Though thousands calmly slumber on,
The last great message spurning,
We’ll rest our living faith upon
His promise of returning. [Refrain]

3. His Word our lamp, His truth our guide,
We cannot be mistaken;
Though dangers rise on every side,
We shall not be forsaken. [Refrain]

4. Then let good works with faith appear,
To help the world around us;
Obedience brings the blessing near
When faith has firmly bound us. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #3651

Author: Franklin E. Belden

Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evang­el­ist Bil­ly Sun­day. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >

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First Line: Let every lamp be burning bright
Author: Franklin E. Belden



The Cyber Hymnal #3651
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