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Lord, give me light to do Thy work

Lord, give me light to do Thy work

Author: Horatius Bonar
Published in 24 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

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1 Lord, give me light to do Thy work,
For only, Lord, from Thee
Can come the light, by which these eyes
The way of work can see.

2 In plainest things I daily err,
When walking in the light
The wisdom of this world affords,
However fair and bright.

3 In word, and plan, and deed I err,
When busiest in Thy work;
Beneath the simplest forms of truth
The subtlest errors lurk.

4 The way is narrow, often dark,
With lights and shadows strewn;
I wander oft, and think it Thine,
When walking in my own.

5 Yet pleasant is the work for Thee,
And pleasant is the way;
But Lord, the world is dark, and I
All prone to go astray.

6 Oh, send me light to do Thy work!
More light, more wisdom give!
Then shall I work Thy work indeed,
While on Thine earth I live.

7 So shall success be mine, in spite
Of feebleness in me;
Beyond all disappointment then
And failure I shall be.

8 The work is Thine, not mine, O Lord;
It is Thy race we run;
Give light! and then shall all I do
Be well and truly done.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11261

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 >

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First Line: Lord, give me light to do Thy work
Author: Horatius Bonar


[Lord, give me light to do Thy work]

LAMBETH (Schulthes)

This tune has been mis-attributed to various other composers, but is clearly the work of the above-named composer.

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The Cyber Hymnal #11261
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