O Love that lights the eastern sky

O Love that lights the eastern sky

Author: Louis FitzGerald Benson
Published in 3 hymnals

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1 O Love that lights the eastern sky
And shrouds the evening rest,
From out whose hand the swallows fly,
Within whose heart they nest!

2 O life, content beneath the blue!
Or, if God will, the gray,
Then tranquil yet, till light breaks through
To melt the mist away!

3 O death that sails so close to shore
At twilight! From my gate
I scan the darkening sea once more,
And for its message wait.

4 What lies beyond the afterglow?
To life's new dawn how far?
As if an answer, spoken low,
Love lights the evening star.


Source: The Hymnal #433

Author: Louis FitzGerald Benson

Benson, Louis FitzGerald, D.D., was born at Philadelphia, Penn., July 22, 1855, and educated at the University of Penn. He was admitted to the Bar in 1877, and practised until 1884. After a course of theological studies he was ordained by the Presbytery of Philadelphia North, in 1888. His pastorate of the Church of the Redeemer, Germantown, Phila., extended from his ordination in 1888 to 1894, when he resigned and devoted himself to literary and Church work at Philadelphia. He edited the series of Hymnals authorised for use by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., as follows:— (1) The Hymnal, Phila., 1895; (2) The Chapel Hymnal, 1898; and (3) The School Hymnal, 1899. Dr. Benson's hymnological writings are somewh… Go to person page >

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Author: Louis FitzGerald Benson



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