1. Light of the world! Whose kind and gentle care
Is joy and rest;
Whose counsels and commands so gracious are,
Wisest and best;
Shine on my path, dear Lord, and guard the way,
Lest my poor heart, forgetting, go astray.
2. Lord of my life! my soul’s most pure desire,
Its hope and peace;
Let not the faith Thy loving words inspire
Falter, or cease;
But be to me, true friend, my chief delight,
And safely guide, that every step be right.
3. My blessèd Lord! what bliss to feel Thee near,
Faithful and true;
To trust in Thee, without one doubt or fear,
Thy will to do.
And all the while to know that Thou, our Friend,
Art blessing us, and wilt bless to the end.
4. And then, O then! when sorrow’s night is o’er,
Life’s daylight come,
And we are safe within Heaven’s golden door,
At home! at home!
How full of glad rejoicing will we raise,
Savior, to Thee our everlasting praise.
Bateman, Henry, a popular writer of hymns for children, was descended from the De Voeux, a Huguenot family. Born on March 6, 1802, in Bunhill Row, Finsbury, he was educated for commercial pursuits, and followed the trade of a timber merchant. He died in 1872. During the greater part of his life he was addicted to the writing of poetry, but his hymns were mostly written between 1856 and 1864. His published works are:—
(1) Belgium and Up and Down the Rhine, 1858; (2) Sunday Sunshine: New Hymns and Poems for the Young, 1858; (3) Home Musings: Metrical Lay Sermons, 1862; (4) Heart Melodies: Being 365 New Hymns and Psalms, 1862; (5) Fret Not, and Other Poems, including Hymns with music, 1869.
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Light of the world, Whose kind and gentle care. H. Bateman. [Jesus the Guide.] In 4 stanzas of 6 lines. It is in Dak's English Hymn Book, 1874. Horder's Congregational Hymns, 1384, and others. Dated 1869.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)