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
|First Line:||This is the day of light|
|Author:||John Ellerton (1867)|
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)