1 Once the way seemed dark and drear
As the night,
And my heart cried out in fear
For the light:
And my soul was tempest-tossed,
Shadows grim my pathway crossed,
And the steps ahead seemed lost
To my sight.
2 Thorns and briers pierced my feet
Day by day,
And I found no flowers sweet
'Long the way;
Snares increased on every side,
Till in agony I cried.
For some light my feet to guide,
Lest I stray.
3 Then I raised my weeping eyes
From the ground,
And, O wonderful surprise,
Light I found,
And the blessed heaven-sent ray
Drove the darkness all away,
And the glorious light of day
Miles, Ella Elizabeth. (Athol, Massachusetts, March 24, 1855--December 29, 1914, Holden, Mass.) Advent Christian. Daughter of W.W. Boyden and wife of James A. Miles, she began writing poems and hymns at the age of fifteen. Many of them appeared in early hymn books of her church.
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