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This is the day of light

This is the day of light

Author: John Ellerton (1867)
Published in 250 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

Ellerton, John, M.A., son of George Ellerton, was born in London, Dec. 16, 1826, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A. 1849; M.A. 1854). Taking Holy Orders he was successively Curate of Easebourne, Sussex, 1850; Brighton, and Lecturer of St. Peter's, Brighton, 1852; Vicar of Crewe Green, and Chaplain to Lord Crewe, 1860; Rector of Hinstock, 1872; of Barnes, 1876; and of White Roding, 1886. Mr. Ellerton's prose writings include The Holiest Manhood, 1882; Our Infirmities, 1883, &c. It is, however, as a hymnologist, editor, hymnwriter, and translator, that he is most widely known. As editor he published: Hymns for Schools and Bible Classes, Brighton, 1859. He was also co-editor with Bishop How and others of the Society for Promoting… 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)



The Cyber Hymnal #6645
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
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Small Church Music #2234
  • PDF Score (PDF)
Small Church Music #2640
  • PDF Score (PDF)


Instances (1 - 8 of 8)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Great Songs of the Church #23
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #21
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #380Text
Small Church Music #2233Audio
Small Church Music #2234Audio
Small Church Music #2640Audio
The Baptist Hymnal: for use in the church and home #39
The Cyber Hymnal #6645TextScoreAudio
Include 242 pre-1979 instances