This is the day of light

This is the day of light

Author: John Ellerton (1867)
Published in 262 hymnals

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1 This is the day of light —
let there be light today!
Arise, O Christ, to end our night
and chase its gloom away.

2 This is the day of rest —
our inner strength renew;
on lives by many cares oppressed
send your freshening dew.

3 This is the day of peace —
with peace our spirits fill;
bid all the blasts of discord cease,
the waves of strife be still.

4 This is the day of prayer -
let earth to heaven draw near!
Lift up our hearts to seek you there;
come down to meet us here.

5 This is the first of days:
come with your living breath
and wake dead souls to love and praise,
O Victor over death!

Source: Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #380

Author: John Ellerton

John Ellerton (b. London, England, 1826; d. Torquay, Devonshire, England, 1893) Educated at King William's College on the Isle of Man and at Trinity College, Cambridge, England, he was ordained in the Church of England in 1851. He served six parishes, spending the longest time in Crewe Green (1860-1872), a church of steelworkers and farmers. Ellerton wrote and translated about eighty hymns, many of which are still sung today. He helped to compile Church Hymns and wrote its handbook, Notes and Illustrations to Church Hymns (1882). Some of his other hymn texts were published in The London Mission Hymn Book (1884). Bert Polman… Go to person page >


This is the day of Light. J. Ellerton. [Sunday.] Written in 1867, and first published in Hymns for Special Services and Festivals in Chester Cathedral, a collection of 100 hymns, compiled by Dean Howson, 1867 (Chester: Phillipson & Golder), No. 51, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. From thence it passed into the 1868 Appendix to Hymns Ancient & Modern; the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871; Thring's Collection, 1882, and several other hymnals both in Great Britain and America. It is a good hymn, and ranks in popularity with some of the best of Mr. Ellerton's compositions.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


This is the day of Light, p. 1165, i. In the 1904 ed. of Hymns Ancient & Modern, an additional stanza, "This is the day of Bread," is given. Canon Ellerton's revised and authorized text is No. 37 in Church Hymns, 1903. It does not contain this stanza.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



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Instances (1 - 8 of 8)

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #174

Great Songs of the Church #23

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #21


Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #380

Hymns of the Christian Life #413

The Baptist Hymnal #39


The Cyber Hymnal #6645


The Song Book of the Salvation Army #669

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