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Viewed Only By The Feeble Rays

Viewed only by the feeble rays

Author: Salathial C. Kirk
Tune: LLEF
Published in 1 hymnal

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Viewed only by the feeble rays
The lamp of human wisdom lends,
How dark the providential ways
That rob us of our dearest friends!

2 But yesterday we looked on them
Whose years we counted far ahead!
When, lo! the morrow’s sun looked down
And they we loved so well, are dead.

3 With eyes bedimmed and bated breath
We look upon the pallid face,
And wonder why the Angel Death
Should call them to his cold embrace.

4 But, no! We’ll not think thus of them;
’Tis but the mortal that is mute;
The same keen frost that breaks the bur
Will sweeten and mature the fruit.

5 ’Tis hard when earthly ties are torn;
The heart will bleed—God made it so;
But, O beside the pointed thorn
The fragrant rose of hope will grow.

6 We would not quell our heaving breast;
We would not check the tears that fall;
For they who knew our loved ones best
Know, too, that they deserve them all.

7 But though today we weep for them,
Whose voice is hushed, whose hands are chill,
We look beyond this house of clay,
And think of them as living still.

8 To us their memory shall be dear,
And when we sing of Jesus’ love,
We’ll list! Perhaps our hearts may hear
The same sweet song from them above.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10978

Author: Salathial C. Kirk

Born: Circa 1847, Near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Died: Circa 1917, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kirk’s works include: Musings Along the Way --www.hymntime.com/tch  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Viewed only by the feeble rays
Title: Viewed Only By The Feeble Rays
Author: Salathial C. Kirk
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Source: Musings Along the Way (Philadelphia: A. H. Sickler & Company, 1900)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Tune

LLEF

Griffith Hugh Jones (b. Ty Du, Llanberis, Wales, 1849; d. Rhiwddolion, Wales, 1919) composed LLEF in memory of his brother, Rev. D. H. Jones, and the tune was first sung (prior to publication) at a Cymanfa, a Welsh song festival. LLEF was first published in David Jenkins's Gemau Mawl (1890). The hau…

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The Cyber Hymnal #10978
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