4896. O God of Light

1. O God of light, O God of love,
Shine on my soul from Heaven above!
Let sin appear in Thy pure ray
As black as on the judgment day;
Let perfect love apply the test,
And all that’s wrong make manifest.

2. O take Thy plummet and Thy line,
Apply them to this heart of mine,
And thus reveal each crooked place,
By contrast with true righteousness!
Let holy truth condemn each sham;
Show what Thou art, and what I am.

3. O smite and spare not, faithful God!
A Father’s hand still holds the rod;
O make my sin-stained conscience smart,
And write Thy law upon my heart
So plainly, that my will shall bow
In full surrender, here and now!

4. Work on in me Thy perfect will,
In me Thy promise, Lord, fulfill;
O make me quick to fight for Thee,
And set my soul in liberty!
My soul can rest in nothing less
Than in a spotless holiness.

Text Information
First Line: O God of light, O God of love
Title: O God of Light
Author: Arthur S. Booth-Clibborn (1895)
Meter: LMD
Language: English
Source: Salvation Army's War Cry, April 13, 1895
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Booth-Clibborn said he wrote these words in times of persecution and imprisonment. Alternate tune: ADMAH, Lowell Mason, 1842
Tune Information
Name: SAGINA (Short)
Composer: Thomas Campbell (1825)
Meter: LMD
Incipit: 11235 46721 34275
Key: G Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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