1 God’s word is a bright and shining light,
“A lamp unto my feet;”
A pledge of His love from realms above
That crowns the mercy-seat.
My spirit is fed with “Living bread”
Whene’er I read it o’er,
Its echoes of peace that never cease
Tell of the heav’nly shore.
The message proclaim, and “In His name”
Do all things, great or small,
In darkness or light, in wrong or in right,
Gods’ eye is over all.
2 This excellent word of Christ our Lord
Confirms His changeless love,
His glories divine that ever shine
In mansions bright above;
It silently tells of living wells
Where all who drink are blest;
The joy it imparts to human hearts
Can never be expressed. [Refrain]
3 Go, read it with care, and loving prayer,
‘Twill drive away your fear;
It giveth relief, in pain or grief,
When all seems dark and drear;
Its comfort and cheer bring Jesus near
To souls that long for rest,
It brightens each day and leads the way
To mansions of the blest. [Refrain]
Lavinia E. Brauff was born in Pittsburgh 12 October, 1851. She was blind from infnacy. She was educated at the School for the Blind in Philadelphia. Her first hymn was published in 1894 to the music of H. P. Danks.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >