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Thou Lord of Light, across the years

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1 Thou Lord of light, across the years
Thy shining path of love we see;
Bright glows amid our joys and fears
The ardor of our faith in Thee.

2 We thank Thee for these years of power,
For stalwart souls, for gentle life,
For men transformed to meet the hour
Of blasting wrong, of surging strife.

3 For men who gird the world with flame,
Who count for Thee all things but loss,
Who challenge nations in Thy name
To hear the story of Thy cross.

4 Yet, beating thro’ our gratitude,
We feel the pulse of coming days;
Thy truth must stand where it has stood;
New darkness waits its deathless rays.

High courage grant, the outlook broad,
The strength of joy, the zest for right,
The faith that burns, the sense of God,
Thy fellowship, Thou Lord of light.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11894

Author: Frank Mason North

North, Frank Mason, D.D., b. at New York, Dec. 3, 1850, graduated at Wesleyan University 1872, and entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church 1872. In 1892 he became Correspondence Secretary of the New York City Church Extension and Missionary Society, and is now (1905) editor of The Christian City. His hymns in common use include:— 1. Jesus, the calm that fills my breast. [Peace.] In The Plymouth Hymnal,1894; Sursum Corda, 1898; The Methodist Hymnal, 1905, &c. 2. When cross the crowded ways of life. [City Missions.] In The Methodist Hymnal, 1905. [Rev. L. F. Benson, D.D.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Thou Lord of Light, across the years
Author: Frank Mason North (1917)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain




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The Cyber Hymnal #11894
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The Cyber Hymnal #11894

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