1 There’s a light on clouds of sadness,
And a rose for ev’ry thorn,
When the Lord is near, giving songs of cheer,
Till our hearts no longer mourn;
There’s a gleam of heav’nly gladness,
Tho’ all other lights should fail,
When we know the love of the King above,
Love that ever shall prevail.
He has pardoned all our sin;
There’s abiding peace within;
We are happy in our Saviour,
And rejoicing in His love;
To our blessed Friend above!
2 WE will bridge the vale of sorrow
With the promises of God;
Words so strong and sure evermore endure,
Spreading hope and cheer abroad;
And we know the bright tomorrow
Will outshine the noonday sun;
For the Lord of light drives away the night,
While eternal ages run. [Refrain]
3 Let us gladden pathways lonely
With a radiance from the sky;
Let the smiling face be a means of grace,
To the weary passerby;
WE will live for Jesus only,
And His joy our strength shall be;
Till we meet at last, ev’ry trial past,
Where His beauty we shall see. [Refrain]
Pseudonym: Lidie H. Edmunds.
Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >