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Is your lamp burning

Say, is your lamp burning, my brother

Author: Ellen M. H. Gates
Published in 58 hymnals

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Representative Text

1. Say, is your lamp burning, my brother?
I pray you look quickly and see;
For if it were burning, then surely
Some beam would fall brightly on me.
There are many and many around you
Who follow wherever you go;
If you thought that they walked in the shadow,
Your lamp would burn brighter, I know.

Say, is your lamp burning, my brother?
I pray you look quickly and see;
For if it were burning, then surely
Some beam would fall brightly on me!

2. Upon the dark mountains they stumble,
They are bruised on the rocks, and they lie
With tear-filled eyes turned pleading upward,
To the clouds and the pitiful sky.
There is many a lamp that is lighted—
We behold them a-near and afar;
But not many among them, my brother,
Shine steadily on like a star. [Refrain]

3. If once all the lamps that are lighted
Should steadily blaze in a line,
Wide over the land and the ocean,
What a girdle of glory would shine!
How all the dark places would brighten!
How the mists would roll up and away!
How the earth would laugh out in her gladness,
To hail the millennial day! [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #3075

Author: Ellen M. H. Gates

Gates, Ellen, née Huntingdon, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, is the author of several popular pieces in the American Mission and Sunday School hymn-books. Of these the following have passed from the American books into Sankey's Sacred Songs and Solos:— 1. Come home, come home, you are weary at heart. Invitation. 2. I am now a child of God. Saved through Jesus. 3. I will sing you a song of that beautiful land. Concerning Heaven. 4. O the clanging bells of time. Yearning for Heaven. 5. Say, is your lamp burning, my brother. Watching and Waiting. Concerning her poem which is used as a hymn in America, "If you cannot on the ocean" (Duty), Duffield says her account of its origin is as follows:—"The lines were written upo… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Say, is your lamp burning, my brother
Title: Is your lamp burning
Author: Ellen M. H. Gates
Refrain First Line: Let your light shine that others may see



Instances (1 - 1 of 1)

The Cyber Hymnal #3075

Include 57 pre-1979 instances
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