Saving grace

O golden day, when light shall break

Author: Julia H. Johnston
Tune: [O golden day, when light shall break]
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1 O golden day, when light shall break,
And dawn’s bright glories shall unfold,
When He who knows the path I take
Shall ope for me the gates of gold!
Earth’s little while will soon be past,
My pilgrim-song will soon be o’er,
The grace that saves shall time outlast,
And be my theme on yonder shore.

Then I shall know as I am known,
And stand complete before the throne;
Then I shall see my Savior’s face,
And all my song be saving grace.

2 Life’s upward way, a narrow path,
Leads on to that fair dwelling-place,
Where, safe from sin, and storm, and wrath,
They live who trust redeeming grace.
Sing, sing, my heart, along the way,
The grace that saves will keep and guide
Till breaks the glorious crowning day,
And I shall cross to yonder side. [Chorus]

3 I dimly see my journey’s end,
But well I know who guideth me:
I follow Him, that wondrous Friend,
Whose matchless love is full and free.
And when with Him I enter in,
And all the way look back to trace,
The conqu’ror’s palm I then shall win,
Thro' Christ and His redeeming grace. [Chorus]

Source: Tabernacle Hymns Number Four: a choice collection of hymns and songs for every religious use #80

Author: Julia H. Johnston

Julia Harriet Johnston, who was born on Jan. 21, 1849, at Salineville, OH, in Columbiana County. Her father was a minister and he mother was a poet. She began writing when she was nine years old but really started writing verse in high school. She lived in Peoria, Ill. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

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First Line: O golden day, when light shall break
Title: Saving grace
Author: Julia H. Johnston
Refrain First Line: Then I shall know as I am known
Copyright: Public Domain



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