Christ My Song - 2107
Blessed morning! all the year - The Light of Life
(John S. B. Monsell/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
The Light of Life.
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us
(and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the
only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth."
2. Suns may rise and suns may set,
summers come and summers go,
earth its wintry grave forget,
when the vernal breezes blow;
3. but the day would be as night,
and the summer winter prove,
if the rising of thy light
did not wake our souls to love.
4. O the blessedness of those
who thine inner sunshine feel,
with its calm and soft repose,
gently o'er their spirits steal;
5. who, as earth doth own the power
of her sun her life to wake,
burst, as doth an opening flower,
into life for Jesus' sake!
6. In his house, in holy mood,
we have knelt and prayed today,
by his body and his blood
strengthened for our heavenly way:
7. in the manger we have laid
all our worldly pomp and pride,
where with beasts the Saviour made
his first cradle, side by side:
8. on the mountain we have heard
sweeter chimes than ever rang,
or Creation's silence stirred
since the stars of morning sang:
9. one bright angel told the story,
myriads answered him again:
'Unto God in highest, glory!
Peace on earth, good will toward men.'
10. In our homes his blessed name
brightens joy round every hearth,
and its meetest place doth claim
in the Christian's evening mirth.
11. Homes with crowded love were fair,
on the night when thou wast born;
fill them, Lord, with love and prayer
for the day of thy return.
12. And as thou, to make us thine,
stooped a mortal man to be,
fill us with thy life divine,
lift our life in love to thee.
John S. B. Monsell, 'Spiritual Songs', 1864, 9-10.