Father of Lights

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Father of lights, in whom there is no shadow,
Giver of every good and perfect gift,
With one accord we seek Thy holy presence,
Gladly our hearts to Thee in praise we lift.


Source: The Hymnal #R7

Author: Helen Thoburn

Thoburn, Helen. (Union City, Pennsylvania, June 17, 1885--February 3, 1932, New York City). One of a long line of Methodists engaged in religious work. After her graduation from Leland Stanford University she was appointed a secretary of the Y.W.C.A. to do editorial work in China where she spent eight years. Upon relinquishing this work she returned to the United States and undertook special responsibility for the international educational program of the Association. She died suddenly in New York City where she made her home upon her return from China. --Robert G. McCutchan, DNAH Archives Go to person page >

Author: Elizabeth Wilson

Wilson, Elizabeth, L.L.D. (Neenah, Wisconsin, August 17, 1867--?). Daughter of a Methodist Episcopal minister, herself an ordained minister of the same denomination, a member (one-time officer) of the American Association of Women Preachers, and of the British Society for the Ministry of Women. She was educated at Lawrence University (now College), Appleton, Wisconsin; Oxford, England; Jena, Germany, and the Bengal Government Weaving Institute, Serampore, Inda. After teaching at Lawrence for five years, 1885-1889, she began her real life work with the Y.W.C.A. and continued in it for thirty-nine years, a part of the time being spent as as Association Secretary in Japan. Retiring from active work she lived for a time at Appleton and then rem… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Father of lights, in whom there is no shadow
Title: Father of Lights
Author: Helen Thoburn
Author: Elizabeth Wilson
Publication Date: 1938
Notes: Alternative tunes, STRENGTH AND STAY, No. 28, and L'OMNIPOTENT, Additional Tunes, No. 26.
Copyright: This text may still be under copyright because it was published in 1938.



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