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Oil in my lamp

Representative Text

1 While the dread hour of darkness is settling o’er the earth,
And the Bridegroom is not far away;
And we wait His returning, O God of boundless grace,
Give me oil in my vessel today.

Give me oil in my lamp,
Oil in my lamp,
Oil in my lamp, I pray;
Give me oil in my lamp, keep me singing in the camp,
Until the break of day.

2 There are many who slumber, but, oh, that I may keep
Faithful watch till the Lord shall appear;
I would watch ev’ry sign that the day-dawn is at hand,
And rejoice that His coming is near. [Refrain]

3 “Lo, He cometh!” He cometh! the heavens shall resound
With the shout of the purified throng;
Let us go forth to meet Him returning on His way,
Let us join in the angel’s sweet song. [Refrain]

Source: Full Redemption Songs #19

Author: Thoro Harris

Born: March 31, 1874, Washington, DC. Died: March 27, 1955, Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Buried: International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Eureka Springs, Arkansas. After attending college in Battle Creek, Michigan, Harris produced his first hymnal in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1902. He then moved to Chicago, Illinois at the invitation of Peter Bilhorn, and in 1932, to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. He composed and compiled a number of works, and was well known locally as he walked around with a canvas bag full of handbooks for sale. His works include: Light and Life Songs, with William Olmstead & William Kirkpatrick (Chicago, Illinois: S. K. J. Chesbro, 1904) Little Branches, with George J. Meyer & Howard E. Smith (Chicago, Illi… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: While the dread hour of darkness
Title: Oil in my lamp
Author: Thoro Harris
Refrain First Line: Give me oil in my lamp



Instances (1 - 12 of 12)

Evangelistic Hymns #d219

Evangelistic Hymns No. 2 #d222

Foursquare Favorites #d201

Full Gospel Songs #d141

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Full Redemption Songs #19

Gospel Quintet Songs #d214

Songs of Grace #d186

Songs of Praises, a General Purpose Evangelistic Song Book #d203

The Advent Christian Hymnal. Rev. #d440

The Christian Witness Songs #d155

The New Golden Sheaf #d229

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