O Everlasting Light, Giver of dawn and day

O Everlasting Light, Giver of dawn and day

Author: Horatius Bonar
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1 O Everlasting Light,
Giver of dawn and day,
Dispeller of the ancient night
In which creation lay;

2 O Everlasting Light,
Shine graciously within;
Brightest of all on earth that's bright,
Come, shine away my sin.

3 O Everlasting Truth,
Truest of all that's true,
Sure guide of erring age and youth,
Lead me, and teach me too.

4 O Everlasting Strength,
Uphold me in the way;
Bring me, in spite of foes, at length
To joy and light and day.

5 O Everlasting Love,
Wellspring of grace and peace,
Pour down Thy fulness from above,
Bid doubt and trouble cease.

6 O Everlasting Rest,
Lift off life's load of care;
Relieve, revive this burdened breast,
And every sorrow bear.

7 Thou art in heaven our All,
Our All on earth art Thou;
Upon Thy gracious Name we call,
Lord Jesus, bless us now.


Source: The Hymnal: published by the Authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. #606

Author: Horatius Bonar

Horatius Bonar was born at Edinburgh, in 1808. His education was obtained at the High School, and the University of his native city. He was ordained to the ministry, in 1837, and since then has been pastor at Kelso. In 1843, he joined the Free Church of Scotland. His reputation as a religious writer was first gained on the publication of the "Kelso Tracts," of which he was the author. He has also written many other prose works, some of which have had a very large circulation. Nor is he less favorably known as a religious poet and hymn-writer. The three series of "Hymns of Faith and Hope," have passed through several editions. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >

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First Line: O Everlasting Light, Giver of dawn and day
Author: Horatius Bonar
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


O Everlasting Light. H. Bonar. [Christ in All]. Published in the 2nd Series of his Hymns of Faith and Hope, 1861, in 10 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "Christ in All." It deals with Christ as the Everlasting "Light," "Rock," "Fount," "Health," "Truth," "Strength," "Love," and "Rest" of His people. It is in extensive use, and sometimes as "Jesus, my Everlasting Light."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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