Send out Thy light and Thy truth. Psalm 43:3
Words: John Buttress, probably 1778, alt.
This hymn in the American Meth. Episc. Hys. 1849, 1879, and others, is given in [Lowell] Mason and [David] Greene’s [Church] Psalmody, 1831, as from the Evang. Mag.
It is essentially different from the hymn Hail, sacred truth, thou source of peace, in the Gospel Mag., 1778, p. 55, and there signedJohn Buttress.
John Julian, p. 1568
If you have access to a good picture of Buttress (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), or a better one of Barthélémon, would you ?
Hail, sacred Truth! whose piercing rays
Dispel the shades of night;
Diffusing o’er the mental world
The healing beams of light.
Thy Word, O Lord, with friendly aid,
Restores our wand’ring feet,
Converts the sorrows of the mind
To joys divinely sweet.
O send Thy light and truth abroad
In all their radiant blaze,
And bid th’admiring world adore
The glories of Thy grace.