Light Of Life

Light of life, so softly shining

Author: Horatius Bonar
Published in 14 hymnals

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1 Light of Life, so softly shining
From the cross of Calvary;
Never waning, nor declining,
Shine on me, O shine on me.

Shine on me, O shine on me,
Light of Life, O shine on me;
With the love of Jesus beaming,
Shine on me, O shine on me.

2 Light of Life, that knows no fading,
From all changes Thou art free;
Holy Light, that knows no shading,
Shine on me, O shine on me. [Refrain]

3 Light of Life, that knows no setting,
Day and night Thy beams I see;
Joy and peace and life begetting,
Shine on me, O shine on me. [Refrain]

4 Light of Life, in days of gladness,
To Thy radiance I would flee;
Be my strength in days of sadness,
Shine on me, O shine on me. [Refrain]

Source: Christian Endeavor Hymns #59

Author: Horatius Bonar

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)



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