I saw on earth another light

I saw on earth another light

Author: Jones Very
Published in 9 hymnals

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I saw on earth another light
Than that which lit my eye
Come forth, as from my soul within,
And from a higher sky.

Its beams still shone unclouded on,
When in the distant west
The sun I once had known had sunk
Forever to his rest.

And on I walked, though dark the night,
Nor rose his orb by day;
As one to whom a surer guide
Was pointing out the way.

’Twas brighter far than noonday’s beam,
It shone from God within;
And lit, as by a lamp from heaven,
The world’s dark track of sin.

Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #91

Author: Jones Very

Very, Jones, was born at Salem, Massachusetts, Aug. 28, 1813, his father, Jones Very, being a shipmaster. He graduated at Harvard College in 1836. He remained at his College, as tutor in Greek, for two years, and then entered the Unitarian Ministry (1843). He has been engaged in the work of a preacher without a pastorate from the first, a great part of his time being devoted to literary pursuits. In 1839 he published a volume of Essays and Poems, from which several pieces have been taken as hymns, including:— 1. Father! I wait Thy word. The sun doth stand. Waiting upon God. 2. Father, there is no change to live with Thee. Peace in the Father's Care. 3. Father! Thy wonders do not singly stand. The Spirit-Land. 4. Wilt Thou no… Go to person page >

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First Line: I saw on earth another light
Author: Jones Very