The Light of God is Falling

The light of God is falling upon life's common way

Author: Louis FitzGerald Benson (1910)
Tune: GREENLAND (Haydn)
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1 The light of God is falling
Upon life's common way;
The Master's voice still calling,
"Come, walk with Me today";
No duty can seem lowly
To him who lives with Thee,
And all of life grows holy,
O Christ of Galilee!

2 Who shares his life's pure pleasures,
And walks the honest road,
Who trades with heaping measures,
And lifts his brother's load,
Who turns the wrong down bluntly,
And lends the right a hand,
He dwells in God's own country,
He tills the Holy Land.

3 Where human lives are thronging
In toil and pain and sin,
While cloistered hearts are longing
To bring the Kingdom in,
O Christ, the Elder Brother
Of proud and beaten men,
When they have found each other,
Thy Kingdom will come then!

4 Thy ransomed host in glory,
All souls that sin and pray,
Turn toward the cross that bore Thee;
"Behold the Man!" they say;
And while Thy Church is pleading
For all who would do good,
We hear Thy true voice leading
Our song of brotherhood.


Source: The Hymnbook #482

Author: Louis FitzGerald Benson

Benson, Louis FitzGerald, D.D., was born at Philadelphia, Penn., July 22, 1855, and educated at the University of Penn. He was admitted to the Bar in 1877, and practised until 1884. After a course of theological studies he was ordained by the Presbytery of Philadelphia North, in 1888. His pastorate of the Church of the Redeemer, Germantown, Phila., extended from his ordination in 1888 to 1894, when he resigned and devoted himself to literary and Church work at Philadelphia. He edited the series of Hymnals authorised for use by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., as follows:— (1) The Hymnal, Phila., 1895; (2) The Chapel Hymnal, 1898; and (3) The School Hymnal, 1899. Dr. Benson's hymnological writings are somewh… Go to person page >

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First Line: The light of God is falling upon life's common way
Title: The Light of God is Falling
Author: Louis FitzGerald Benson (1910)
Meter: D



GREENLAND, an example of the popular nineteenth-century practice of creating hymn tunes from the works of classical composers, is thought to be originally from one of J. Michael Haydn's (PHH 67) "Deutschen Kirchen Messen." The tune acquired its title from its occasional association with the text "Fr…

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