O'er the sunlight falls a shadow

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1 O'er the sunlight falls a shadow,
Where life's breakers foam and toss;
Falling over earth and heaven,
Blessed shadow of the cross.

Wonderful shadow, heavenly shadow,
Angels ne'er thy shade can gloss;
Radiant shadow, beautiful shadow,
Hallowed shadow of the cross.

2 Yes, the shadow falleth ever,
Undefiled by earthly dross;
Falling over saint and sinner,
Blessed shadow of the cross. [Chorus]

3 While it breathes of hope and mercy,
May it never suffer loss;
In its shade we love to linger,
Blessed shadow of the cross. [Chorus]

4 When at last my feet are standing
Where the Jordan's billows toss.
Let me die beneath that shadow,
Blessed shadow of the cross. [Chorus]

Source: Light in the Valley: a new work of great merit for the Sunday school, revivals, Christian Endeavor, Epworth League, young people's society, and all forward movement along the line of battle... #42

Author: Johnson Oatman

Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church. Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher. For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >

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First Line: O'er the sunlight falls a shadow
Author: Johnson Oatman
Refrain First Line: Wonderful shadow, heavenly shadow
Copyright: Public Domain


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