Sweet Is The Light, What'er It Be

Representative Text

1 Sweet is the light, whate’er it be,
That leads us to the Lord;
And sure are they, who seek His face,
To find their great reward.

2 A star once led a chosen few
To gaze with raptured heart
Upon the infant Savior’s form,
And costliest gifts impart.

3 More blest are we, although not led
To Him we worship thus:
The star is gone; the risen Sun
Reveals Himself to us.

4 O may His beams yet dearer grow,
Till ours be that bright crown
Received where He for ever shines,
A Sun that goes not down!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9120

Author: Thomas Davis

Davis, Thomas, M.A., son of Dr. H. F. Davis, Rector of All Saints, Worcester, and of Pendock, Worcestershire, was born Feb. 15, 1804. He was educated for the law, and practised as a solicitor for two years. He then entered Queen's College, Oxford, and graduated B.A. in 1833, and M.A. in 1837. On taking Holy Orders he became Curate of All Saints, Worcester. In 1839 he was preferred as Incumbent of Roundhay, Leeds. Mr. Davis's works, in which his hymns appeared, are:— (1) Devotional Verse for a Month, 1855; (2) Songs for the Suffering, 1859; (3) The Family Hymnal, 1860; (4) Hymns, Old and New, for Church and Home, and for travel by Land or Sea; consisting of 223 selected, and 260 Original Hymns, Lond., Longmans, 1864; and (5) Annus Sanctus… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Sweet is the light, whate’er it be
Title: Sweet Is The Light, What'er It Be
Author: Thomas Davis
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Tune

MAITLAND (Allen)

PRECIOUS LORD, the tune Thomas Dorsey used for his most beloved hymn, "Precious Lord, take my hand", is an adaptation of MAITLAND. Sometimes Dorsey is shown as the composer, sometimes as the arranger or adapter the tune. MAITLAND is often attributed to Allen, but the earliest known sources (H.W. Bee…

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