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When shadows gather on our way

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1 When shadows gather on our way,
Fast deepening as the night,
Be Thou, O God, the spirit's stay,
Our inward Light.

2 Amid the outward toil and strife,
The world's dull roar and din,
Still speak Thy word of higher life,
Thou Voice within.

3 When burdens sore upon us press,
And vexing cares increase,
Spring Thou, a fount of quietness,
Our hidden Peace.

4 Though fond hopes fail, and joy depart,
And friends should faithless prove,
O save us from the bitter heart,
Indwelling Love!


Source: The Hymnal #323a

Author: Frederick Lucian Hosmer

Hosmer, Frederick Lucian, B.A., was born at Framingham, Mass., in 1840, and educated at Harvard, where he graduated B.A. in 1869. Entering the Unitarian Ministry in 1872 he has held charges in Quincy, Ill., 1872-77; Cleveland, Ohio, 1878-92; St. Louis, 1894-99; and since 1899, at Berkeley, Cal. His Way of Life, 1877, was a compilation of Prayers and Responsive Services for Sunday Schools. Of Unity Hymns and Carols, 1880, he was joint editor with W. C. Gannett and J. V. Blake. His hymns were published jointly by him and W. C. Gannett (q.v.), as The Thought of God in Hymns and Poems (Boston: Little, Brown & Co.), 1st Series, 1885; 2nd Series, 1894. Of his 56 hymns in this work the following have come into common use, for the most part during… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When shadows gather on our way
Author: Frederick Lucian Hosmer
Copyright: Public Domain



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