Horatius Bonar was born at Edinburgh, in 1808. His education was obtained at the High School, and the University of his native city. He was ordained to the ministry, in 1837, and since then has been pastor at Kelso. In 1843, he joined the Free Church of Scotland. His reputation as a religious writer was first gained on the publication of the "Kelso Tracts," of which he was the author. He has also written many other prose works, some of which have had a very large circulation. Nor is he less favorably known as a religious poet and hymn-writer. The three series of "Hymns of Faith and Hope," have passed through several editions.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >
Light of life so softly shining. H. Bonar. [The Light of Life desired.] Published in his work The Song of the New Creation and Other Pieces, 1872, p. 113, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and repeated, with the omission of a stanza in the Scottish Presbyterian Hymnal for the Young, 1882.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: Light of life, so softly shiningFirst Line: Light of life, so softly shiningTune Title: LIGHT OF LIFEAuthor: Horatius Bonar, 1808-1889Meter: 8 7 8 4, and repeatDate: 1918Subject: Hymns for the Young | Christian Life and Service
Display Title: Light of life, so softly shiningFirst Line: Light of life, so softly shiningTune Title: LIGHT OF LIFEAuthor: Horatius BonarMeter: 188.8.131.52. (with repeat)Scripture: John 8:12Date: 1897Subject: Hymns for the Young | Prayer