Author of the Lyrics
The author of the reverent
words of the "Light of the World" lyrics, John Samuel Bewley Monsell (March 2, 1811-April 9, 1875),
was born in St. Columb's, Londonderry, Ireland and
achieved fame as a hymn writer, poet and became a Vicar and Rector in England.
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
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:
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:
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.