Scripture Verse

I am the light of the world; he that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12


Words & Mu­sic: So­lo­mon W. Straub, 1880 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Wide the gates of morning open,
Spreading far o’er land and sea,
Softly, gently passing thro’ them
Comes the morning light to me.


O blessèd morning light;
The Sav­ior is that light;
He says it today as He said it of old,
I am the light of the world.

Blessèd are the beams of glo­ry,
Streaming thro’ the gates ajar,
Where the love of ages dwelling,
Shines upon us from afar.


So we wander, lone and helpless,
Hoping for a better day;
But we feel that God is near us,
When we see the heav’nly ray.