Light upon our gloom arising

Light upon our gloom arising

Translator: John Brownlie
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Light upon our gloom arising,
Herald of the perfect day;
Night, and all its powers despising,
Hail we now Thy glorious ray.

From the home of light excelling,
Comes He forth in raiment bright,
Stealing to the noisome dwelling
Of the denizen of night.

To the hopeless, bound and sighing,
Held in darkness as a snare,
Comes He forth, their bands untying,
Giving hope for gaunt despair.

To the faithless, faint and failing,
Leaning on a staff that breaks,--
Kindling lights all unavailing,--
Lo, the Light of lights awakes.

To the fearful heart in sorrow,
Tossed upon a troubled sea,
Comes that Light as on the morrow
When He walked on Galilee.

Lord of life, on Thee depending,
Would we lift our eyes to Thee;
From the bliss of Heaven descending,
Come, our souls from dying free.

Translator: John Brownlie

Brownlie, John, was born at Glasgow, Aug. 6, 1859, and was educated at Glasgow University, and at the Free Church College in the same city. In 1884 he was licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow; in 1885 he became Assistant Minister of the Free Church, Portpatrick, and on the death of the Senior Minister in 1890 he entered upon the full charge of the Church there. He has interested himself in educational matters, became a Member of the local School Board in 1888, a governor of Stranraer High School in 1897, and Chairman of the governors in 1901. His hymnological works are:— 1. The Hymns and Hymnwriters of the [Scottish] Church Hymnary, 1899. This is a biographical, historical, and critical companion to that hymnal, and is well done and… Go to person page >

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First Line: Light upon our gloom arising
Translator: John Brownlie
Language: English