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Hold your little torch on high

Hold your little torch on high

Author: Clara McAlister Brooks
Tune: [Hold your little torch on high]
Published in 2 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Hold your little torch on high,
Ever keep it burning bright;
Souls in sin and darkness lie,
Waiting, waiting for its light.

Refrain:
Keep your light aglow for Jesus,
Let it shine, brightly shine;
Keep your light aglow for Jesus,
Let it ever brightly shine.

2 Hold your little torch on high,
Though so tiny be its ray;
It may hush some saddened cry,
It may turn some night to day. [Refrain]

3 Hold your little torch on high,
Let it gleam o’er ocean tide;
Some poor soul may sink and die,
Waiting for its light to guide. [Refrain]

4 Hold your little torch on high,
‘Twas to you in mercy giv’n;
Sinners then may glorify
Our dear Father’s name in heav’n. [Refrain]

Source: Songs of Grace and Glory: A New and Inspiring Selection of Sacred Songs for Evangelical Use and General Worship #359

Author: Clara McAlister Brooks

Birth: Oct. 9, 1882, Parke County, Indiana, USA Death: Mar. 20, 1980, Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA Clara McAlister Brooks was one of our early songwriters and four of her pieces are in the current hymnal. From the earliest days of the movement we have had women prominent in all forms of our ministry—missionaries, evangelists, teachers, pastors, and God has honored their sacrificial labors. For that reason we can stand in amazement when here, in the 1970s, such old-line denominations as the Episcopal church are being racked with controversy over whether the ordination of women is permissible. But before we gather Pharisaic robes about ourselves, perhaps we need to look candidly at the way in which we, too, succumbed to so… Go to person page >

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First Line: Hold your little torch on high
Author: Clara McAlister Brooks
Refrain First Line: Keep your light aglow for Jesus
Copyright: Public Domain

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