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What though my joys and comfort die?
The Lord my savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.

(My Life Flows On In Endless Song)

My Light and Song

Why should life a weary journey seem

Author: Emma M. Johnston
Tune: [Why should life a weary journey seem]
Published in 9 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Why should life a weary journey seem?
Jesus is my light and song.
Why should I my cross a burden deem?
Jesus is my light and song.
All the way is marked by love divine,
Round my path the rays of glory shine,
Christ himself companion is of mine,
Jesus is my light and song.

Jesus is my light, Jesus is my light,
Jesus is my light and song;
Jesus is my light, I’ll serve him with my might,
Jesus is my light and song.

2 What though foes at every hand I meet?
Jesus is my light and song.
What though snares are ready for my feet?
Jesus is my light and song.
Christ himself was first to lead the way,
He was first to battle in the fray,
Now on him my every hope I stay,
Jesus is my light and song.

3 When my feet shall reach the open door,
Jesus is my light and song.
When life’s pilgrimage on earth is o’er,
Jesus is my light and song.
This through countless years my song shall be,
Love for him who sets the prisoner free,
Love for him who gave his life for me,
Jesus is my light and song.

Source: The Song Book of the Salvation Army #400

Author: Emma M. Johnston

Born: October 18, 1835, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Died: February 15, 1904, Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Buried: Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Daughter of Robert Elliott Johnston and Grace Acheson Johnston, Emma was baptized at the Salem Methodist Episcopal Church. She attended different churches in Philadelphia, including Ebenezer Methodist Episcopal Church, where composer William Kirkpatrick also worshipped. She worked as a school teacher, and McElroy’s 1873 Directory of Philadelphia listed her as an authoress. After her elder sister, Esther Elliott Johnston Boyd, was widowed, the two sisters moved to Asbury Park, New Jersey, and later to Ocean Grove, New Jersey, where they shared a house. © Cyber Hymnal™… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Why should life a weary journey seem
Title: My Light and Song
Author: Emma M. Johnston
Refrain First Line: Jesus is my light
Copyright: Public Domain



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The Cyber Hymnal #13192


The Song Book of the Salvation Army #400

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