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Why, in darkness grope

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1. Why in darkness grope, soul bereft of hope,
On life's journey sad and lone?
Hast thou not yet heard of the heav'nly word:
For the righteous light is sown?

Open wide the windows, Open wide the windows
Darken'd by the shades of sin,
Let the light of heaven, blessed light of heaven,
Joy of souls redeem'd, shine in.

2. Pass from earthly night into heav'nly light,
As thy soul exulting sings,
That he has to bless, Sun of righteousness,
Ris'n with healing in his wings. [Chorus]

3. O the wondrous light, O the path made bright,
May we always walk therein,
Till we reach the goal of the life-bound soul,
Safe beyond this night of sin. [Chorus]

Source: Carols of Hope: a compilation of select sacred songs for use in Sunday schools, praise and young people's services #144

Author: Francis A. Blackmer

Blackmer, Francis Augustus. (Ware, Massachusetts, February 17, 1855--October 8, 1930, Somerville, Massachusetts). Advent Christian musician. His parents, Augustus and Jane Blackmer, were among those caught up in the excitement of the Millerite Movement. One son, Fred, became an Advent Christian minister. Francis, with a talent recognized at an early age, consecrated his own life to Christian service as a musician. He was immersed in baptism at the Adventist campmeeting in Springfield, Massachusetts, by Elder Miles Grant. His early years were spend in central Massachusetts, his schooling at Wilbraham Academy. He was largely self-taught in harmony and musical composition. He wrote the words and music to his first gospel song, "Out on the f… Go to person page >

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First Line: Why, in darkness grope
Author: Francis A. Blackmer
Refrain First Line: Open wide the windows
Copyright: Public Domain


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Carols of Hope #144

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