Hold Your Light Higher

Many precious souls are groping

Author: Elisha A. Hoffman
Tune: [Many precious souls are groping]
Published in 2 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Many precious souls are groping
In the darkness and the night,
Waiting for the dawn of morning,
Yearning for the light.

Hold your light still higher, brother,
Keep it burning clear and bright;
You may rescue some poor lost one
Struggling, struggling toward the light.

2 God, who called you into service,
Would constrain you by His love,
To assist your erring brothers
To the port above. [Refrain]

3 Like a faithful light-house watcher,
Keeping every beacon bright,
Let your lamp shine out, my brother,
On the gloomy night. [Refrain]

4 Do not let the thousands perish
Underneath the angry wave,
But reach out the hand of rescue,
And the lost ones save. [Refrain]

Source: The Bright Array #37

Author: Elisha A. Hoffman

Elisha Hoffman (1839-1929) after graduating from Union Seminary in Pennsylvania was ordained in 1868. As a minister he was appointed to the circuit in Napoleon, Ohio in 1872. He worked with the Evangelical Association's publishing arm in Cleveland for eleven years. He served in many chapels and churches in Cleveland and in Grafton in the 1880s, among them Bethel Home for Sailors and Seamen, Chestnut Ridge Union Chapel, Grace Congregational Church and Rockport Congregational Church. In his lifetime he wrote more than 2,000 gospel songs including"Leaning on the everlasting arms" (1894). The fifty song books he edited include Pentecostal Hymns No. 1 and The Evergreen, 1873. Mary Louise VanDyke… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Many precious souls are groping
Title: Hold Your Light Higher
Author: Elisha A. Hoffman
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Hold your light still higher, brother
Copyright: Public Domain



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The Bright Array #37

The Highway to Heaven #d85

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