Through love to light, O wonderful the way

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Through love to light! O wonderful the way
That leads from darkness to the perfect day;
From darkness and from sorrow of the night
To morning that comes singing o’er the sea!
Through love to light! through light, O God, to Thee,
Who art the Love of love, th’ eternal Light of light!


Source: The Hymnal #499

Author: Richard Watson Gilder

Gilder, Richard Watson, LL.D., was born at Bordentown, N.J., Feb. 8, 1844, and educated at a Seminary at Flushing, L.I. He was associate-editor of Scribner's Monthly (now The Century) from its commencement in 1870 to 1881, when, on the death of J. G. Holland, he became editor-in-chief. His poetical works are somewhat numerous, and include The New Day, 1875; Lyrics, 1885; Two Worlds, 1801; Poems and Inscriptions, 1901; and In the Heights, 1905. His hymns in common use are:— 1. In myriad forms, by myriad names. [ Divine Incomprehensibility.] This, in In Excelsis, N.Y., 1897, is composed of the last two stanzas of a hymn sung at the presentation of the Egyptian Obelisk to the City of New York, Feb. 22, 1881. The hymn is in his L… Go to person page >

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First Line: Through love to light, O wonderful the way
Author: Richard Watson Gilder



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