Author of the Lyrics
The author of the glorifying
words of the "Shadows of the Night" lyrics, Isaac Watts (July 17, 1674-November 25, 1748),
was born in Southampton, England and
achieved fame as a pastor and Hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "Shadows of the Night", George Job Elvey (March 27, 1816-December 9, 1893),
was born in Canterbury, England and
became famous as a Presbyterian composer and musician. and Church organist at St. George's Chapel, Windsor. Elvey was knighted in 1871 for his Festival March, played at the wedding of Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll who was a daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert..
Information about the
Title of Hymn: Shadows of the Night
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Isaac Watts (July 17, 1674
to November 25, 1748)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: George Job Elvey (March 27, 1816 to
December 9, 1893)
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Buried in shadows of the night, We lie till Christ restores the light"
First Publication Date:
Shadows of the Night Lyrics
Buried in shadows of the night,
We lie till Christ restores the light;
Wisdom descends to heal the blind,
And chase the darkness of the mind.
Our guilty souls are drowned in tears,
Till His atoning blood appears;
Then we awake from deep distress,
And sing, "The Lord, our righteousness."
Our very frame is mixed with sin,
His Spirit makes our natures clean;
Such virtues from His sufferings flow,
At once to cleanse, and pardon, too.
Jesus beholds where Satan reigns,
Binding his slaves in heavy chains;
He sets the prisoners free, and breaks,
The iron bondage from our necks.
Poor helpless worms in Thee possess
Grace, wisdom, power, and righteousness;
Thou art our mighty All, and we
Give our whole selves, O Lord, to Thee.