Scripture Verse

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

Introduction

Words: Ada­line H. Beery, in The King­dom of Song, by Tho­mas Bow­dish (Cin­cin­na­ti, Oho: Wil­lard W. Whit­ney, 1900), num­ber 19.

Music: Tho­mas M. Bow­dish (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Bow­dish (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

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Adaline H. Beery (1859–1929)

Lyrics

O thou sac­red Book—may thy light di­vine
With its heal­ing balm ’round the wide world shine!
May thy words of truth and thy ten­der grace
Be our com­fort in ev­ery place.

Refrain

Word of God! Word of life!
As a rock thy truth shall stand;
Thro’ the storm and calm
Thou wilt keep us true,
And will lead us to God’s right hand.

’Tis the herald of our sal­va­tion dear,
For it bring­eth God’s lov­ing­kind­ness near;
In His grace we trust, in His love we live,
And our wan­d’rings He doth for­give.

Refrain

May we ever all Thy com­mand­ments keep,
Filling all our hearts like a foun­tain deep,
Flowing forth in­to ev­er­last­ing peace,
Where the woes of the world shall cease.

Refrain