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Lighten the darkness of our life's long night

Lighten the darkness of our life's long night

Author: Frances Mary Owen
Published in 11 hymnals

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1. Lighten the darkness of our life’s long night,
Through which we blindly stumble to the day,
Shadows mislead us; Father, send Thy light
To set our footsteps in the homeward way.

2. Lighten the darkness of our self conceit,
The subtle darkness that we love so well,
Which shrouds the path of wisdom from our feet,
And lulls our spirits with its baneful spell.

3. Lighten our darkness when we bow the knee
To all the gods we ignorantly make
And worship, dreaming that we worship Thee,
Till clearer light our slumbering souls awake.

4. Lighten our darkness when we fail at last,
And in the midnight lay us down to die;
We trust to find Thee when the night is past,
And daylight breaks across the morning sky.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #3760

Author: Frances Mary Owen

Frances Mary Owen, née Synge, wife of the Rev. J. A. Owen, Assistant Master at Cheltenham College, was born April 16, 1842, and died June 19, 1883. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Lighten the darkness of our life's long night
Author: Frances Mary Owen
Copyright: Public Domain

Tune

BATTELL


ELLERS


SONG 24

Orlando Gibbons (b. Oxford, England, 1583; d. Canterbury, England, 1625) composed SONG 24 as a setting for a paraphrase of Lamentations 1. The tune was number 24 (hence, the tune name) in his collection of hymn tunes composed for and published in George Wither's The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (1…

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