Light of the Word

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1 Light of the world, shine on our souls;
Thy grace to us afford;
And while we meet to learn thy truth,
Be thou our teacher, Lord.

2 As once thou didst thy word expound
To those that walked with thee,
So teach us, Lord, to understand,
And its blest fullness see;

3 Its richness, sweetness, power, and depth,
Its holiness discern;
Its joyful news of saving grace
By blest experience learn.

4 Thou may thy word be dearer still,
And studied more each day;
And as it richly dwells within,
Thyself in it display.

Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #184

Author: Edward Henry Bickersteth

Bickersteth, Edward Henry, D.D., son of Edward Bickersteth, Sr. born at Islington, Jan. 1825, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A. with honours, 1847; M.A., 1850). On taking Holy Orders in 1848, he became curate of Banningham, Norfolk, and then of Christ Church, Tunbridge Wells. His preferment to the Rectory of Hinton-Martell, in 1852, was followed by that of the Vicarage of Christ Church, Hampstead, 1855. In 1885 he became Dean of Gloucester, and the same year Bishop of Exeter. Bishop Bickersteth's works, chiefly poetical, are:— (l) Poems, 1849; (2) Water from the Well-spring, 1852; (3) The Rock of Ages, 1858 ; (4) Commentary on the New Testament, 1864; (5) Yesterday, To-day, and For Ever, 1867; (6) The Spirit of Life, 1868;… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Light of the world, shine on our souls
Title: Light of the Word
Author: Edward Henry Bickersteth
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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