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Why, thou never setting light

Why, thou never setting light

Author: John Bowring
Published in 8 hymnals

Full Text

Why, thou never-setting Light,
Is thy brightness veiled from me?
Why does this unwonted night
Cloud thy blest benignity?

I am lost without thy ray;
Guide my wandering footsteps, Lord!
Light my dark and erring way
To the noontide of Thy word.

Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #210

Author: John Bowring

James Bowring was born at Exeter, in 1792. He possessed at an early age a remarkable power of attaining languages, and acquired some reputation by his metrical translations of foreign poems. He became editor of "The Westminster Review" in 1825, and was elected to Parliament in 1835. In 1849, he was appointed Consul at Canton, and in 1854, was made Governor of Hong Kong, and received the honour of knighthood. He is the author of some important works on politics and travel, and is the recipient of several testimonials from foreign governments and societies. His poems and hymns have also added to his reputation. His "Matins and Vespers" have passed through many editions. In religion he is a Unitarian. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charl… Go to person page >

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First Line: Why, thou never setting light
Author: John Bowring



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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #210Text
A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #210Page Scan
A New Selection of Psalms and Hymns from the Most Approved Authors, Adapted to Public and Private Worship. 2nd ed. #d559
Church Choral-Book: containing tunes and hymns for congregational singing, and adapted to choirs and social worship #407Page Scan
Hymns for Social Worship and Private Devotion #d177
Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #675Page Scan
Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #675Page Scan
Hymns of the Spirit #357Page Scan
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