4000. Light of the World! Faint Were Our Weary Feet

1. Light of the world! Faint were our weary feet
With wand’ring far;
But Thou didst come, our lonely heart to greet,
Our Morning Star;
And Thou didst bid us lift our gaze on high
And see the glory of the glowing sky.

2. In days long past we missed our homeward way,
We could not see;
Blind were our eyes, our feet were bound to stray,
How blind to Thee!
But Thou didst pity, Lord, our gloomy plight,
And Thou didst touch our eyes and give them sight.

3. Where is death’s sting, where, grave, thy victory?
Where all the pain,
Now that thy King the veil that hung o’er thee
Hath rent in twain?
Light of the world, we hear Thee bid us come
To light and love, in Thine eternal home.

Text Information
First Line: Light of the world! Faint were our weary feet
Title: Light of the World! Faint Were Our Weary Feet
Author: Laura O. D. Chant (1901)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Laura O. D. Chant, June 1901, at the request of Rev. S. Collier, superintendent of the Central Wesleyan Mission in Manchester, England. Mr. Collier: ...said how amazingly fond the rescued men were of the tune 'Sandon,' but that 'Lead, kindly light,' though so beautiful, was not an adequate expression of their feelings, and I try and write something as tender, but gladder than Newman's lovely hymn. I did my best to express myself, and so gave what was wanted.
Tune Information
Composer: Charles H. Purday
Incipit: 33343 32123 12713
Key: F Major
Source: The Church and Home Tune Book, 1857
Copyright: Public Domain

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