Light of those whose dreary dwellingAuthor: Charles Wesley (1744)
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Light of those whose dreary dwelling
Borders on the shades of death,
Jesus, now thyself revealing,
Scatter every cloud beneath.
Still we wait for thine appearing;
Life and joy thy beams impart,
Chasing all our doubts, and cheering
Every meek and contrite heart.
Show thy power in every nation,
O thou Prince of Peace and Love!
Give the knowledge of salvation,
Fix our hearts on things above.
By thine all-sufficient merit,
Every burdened soul release;
By the presence of thy Spirit,
Guide us into perfect peace.
Light of those whose dreary dwelling. C. Wesley. [Christmas.] First published in his Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord, 1746, No. xi., in 3 stanzas of 8 lines (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. iv. p. 116). It was adopted by M. Madan in 1760, B. Conyers in 1774, A. M. Toplady in 1776, and most evangelical hymnal compilers of that period. At the first it was retained in an unaltered form, but the changes made by Toplady in 1776 were followed by others, until at the present time, although found in numerous collections in all English-speaking countries, it is difficult to find any two texts alike. The secret lay in its being a purely Arminian hymn, but so constructed that it could be easily turned to account by Calvinists. For the alterations in use, Toplady, 1776, Cotterill, 1810, Bickersteth, 1833, and Elliott, 1835, are mainly answerable. In 1830 it was given in the Supplement to the Wesleyan Hymn Book in an unaltered form.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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|Small Church Music #6504||Saltash||Light of those whose dreary dwelling||SALTASH||Charles Wesley||188.8.131.52.D|
|The Baptist Hymnal: for use in the church and home #567||Light of those whose dreary dwelling||Light of those whose dreary dwelling||Charles Wesley||2012|
|The Cyber Hymnal #3800||Light of Those Whose Dreary Dwelling||Light of those whose dreary dwelling||HALTON HOLGATE||Charles Wesley||87.87||<cite>Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord</cite> (London: William Strahan, 1745), number 11|