Light of the World Lyrics
Light of the world, we hail Thee, flushing the eastern skies;
Never shall darkness veil Thee again from human eyes;
Too long, alas, withholden, now spread from shore to shore;
Thy light, so glad and golden, shall set on earth no more.
Light of the world, Thy beauty steals into every heart,
And glorifies with duty life's poorest, humblest, part;
Thou robest in Thy splendor the simple ways of men,
And helpest them to render light back to Thee again.
Light of the world, before Thee our spirits prostrate fall;
We worship, we adore Thee, Thou Light, the Life of all;
With Thee is no forgetting of all Thine hand hath made;
Thy rising hath no setting, Thy sunshine hath no shade.
Light of the world, illumine this darkened earth of Thine,
Till everything that's human be filled with what's divine;
Till every tongue and nation, from sin's dominion free,
Rise in the new creation which springs from love and Thee.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of "Light of the World", Lawrence White Watson (May 2, 1860-July 17, 1925), was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada and became famous as a botanist, Church organist, musician and composer.
Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: Light of the World
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): John Samuel Bewley Monsell (March 2, 1811 to April 9, 1875)
Nationality of Author: Irish
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Lawrence White Watson (May 2, 1860 to July 17, 1925)
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Light of the world, we hail Thee, flushing the eastern skies; Never shall darkness veil Thee again from human eyes"
First Publication Date: 1863