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The Heavenly Sunlight

Before I came to Jesus My heart was full of sin

Author: Johnson Oatman
Tune: [Before I came to Jesus]
Published in 7 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Before I came to Jesus,
My heart was full of sin,
My soul was lost in darkness,
No sunshine beamed within;
But since the hand of Jesus
My guilt away did roll,
O the Sunlight of Heaven
Is beaming in my soul.

O the Sunlight is beaming
Since Jesus made me whole;
(Since Jesus spoke and made me whole;)
O the Sunlight of Heaven
Is beaming in my soul.
(Is gently beaming in my soul.)

2 Tho' pleasures oft would tempt me
To turn from Christ away,
The trials would impede me,
Or Satan bid me stray,
Yet I am still determined
To reach the heav'nly goal;
O the Sunlight of Heaven
Is beaming in my soul. [Chorus]

3 Some day I'll reach the valley
When thro' my journey here,
And with the Savior near me,
The shadow I'll not fear,
But shout, when underneath me
The waves of Jordan roll,
"O the Sunlight of Heavens
Is beaming in my soul." [Chorus]

4 When I behold His glory
Within the jasper walls,
Where one enernal sunlight
Forever on me falls,
I'll sing thro' all the city,
While endless ages roll,
"O the Sunlight of Heaven
Is beaming in my soul." [Chorus]

Source: The New Praiseworthy: for the Church and Sunday School #102

Author: Johnson Oatman

Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church. Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher. For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Before I came to Jesus My heart was full of sin
Title: The Heavenly Sunlight
Author: Johnson Oatman
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O the sunlight is beaming



Instances (1 - 7 of 7)

Coronation Hymns #91

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International Praise #18

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Make His Praise Glorious #49

Revival Songs No. 2 #d6

Service in Song #d9

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The New Praiseworthy #102

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Winona Hymns #86

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