Walk in the light: so shalt thou know

Walk in the light: so shalt thou know

Author: Bernard Barton
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1 Walk in the light: so shalt thou know
That fellowship of love
His Spirit only can bestow,
Who reigns in light above.

2 Walk in the light: and sin abhorred
Shall ne'er defile again;
The blood of Jesus Christ thy Lord
Shall cleanse from every stain.

3 Walk in the light: and thou shalt find
Thy heart made truly His
Who dwells in cloudless light enshrined,
In whom no darkness is.

4 Walk in the light: and thou shalt own
Thy darkness passed away,
Because that light hath on thee shone
In which is perfect day.

5 Walk in the light: and e'en the tomb
No fearful shade shall wear;
Glory shall chase away its gloom
For Christ hath conquered there.

6 Walk in the light: and thine shall be
A path, though thorny, bright;
For God, by grace, shall dwell in thee,
And God Himself is Light.


The Hymnal: Published by the authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., 1895

Author: Bernard Barton

Barton, Bernard, commonly known as the "Quaker Poet," was born in London Jan. 31, 1784, and educated at a Quaker school at Ipswich. In 1798 he was apprenticed to Mr. S. Jesup, a shopkeeper at Halstead, Essex, with whom he remained until 1806, when he removed to Woodbridge, Suffolk, and entered into business with his brother, as a coal and corn merchant. On the death of his wife at the end of the first year of their married life, he proceeded to Liverpool, where he acted as a private tutor for a short time. He returned to Woodbridge in 1810, where he secured an engagement in the local bank of the Messrs. Alexander. This appointment he held for 40 years. He died at Woodbridge, Feb. 19, 1849. During the same year his daughter published his Poe… Go to person page >

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First Line: Walk in the light: so shalt thou know
Author: Bernard Barton
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Walk in the light, Walk in the light


Walk in the light! So shalt thou know. B. Barton. [Walk in the light]. Appeared in his Devotional Verses, 1826, p. 242, 6 stanzas of 4 lines, with the quoted text I. John, i. 7. In various collections the opening line is altered to "Walk in the light and thou shalt know," and st. ii. is omitted. The form in The Baptist Church Hymnal, 1900, begins with st. iv., "Walk in the light! and thou shalt own." The order is st. iv., ii., iii., i., v. and vi. rewritten. We feel that very few editors will follow this arrangement and doubtful improvement of the author's text.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



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