1 Throw open wide the windows
Of souls made dark with sin,
And let the blessed sunshine
Of love and gladness in;
Drive out the gloomy shadows
That make the daytime night,
And flood the lonesome places
With pure life-giving light.
Throw open all the windows
That long have bolted been,
And let the golden glory
Of God’s sweet sunshine in.
2 Let’s banish, by the sunshine
God sends us from above,
The doubts and fears that darken
The pathway of His love;
Beneath its warmth and brightness
The flow’rs of hope will spring,
And birds of faith soar heav’nward,
On swift and happy wing. [Refrain]
3 Oh, sitting loom no longer,
God’s sunshine’s at the door,
It waits to cross the threshold,
And tarry evermore;
Fling wide the heart’s closed windows,
Swing back its doors today,
And let love’s radiant sunshine
Drive all its gloom away. [Refrain]
Rexford, Eben Eugene.M (Johnsburg, New York, July 16, 1848--October 16, 1916, Shiocton, Wisconsin). Horticulturalist and editor of a Wisconsin farm journal. Many of his verses were used to fill empty corners of the journal. He also wrote many books on gardening. Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.), Litt.D. Twenty-five years, organist at First Congregational Church, Shiocton.
See: Smith, Mary L.P. (1930). Eben E. Rexford; a biographical sketch. Menasha, Wis., George Banta Pub. Co.
--Leonard Ellinwood, DNAH Archives and Gabriel, Charles H. (1916). Singers and Their Songs. Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company.… Go to person page >