Light of those whose dreary dwelling

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This is an hymn by Charles Wesley, published in Nativity Hymns in 1745, as Hymn 11.

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Text and translations

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1  Light of those whose dreary dwelling
Borders on the shades of death,
Come, and by thy love’s revealing
Dissipate the clouds beneath:
The new heaven and earth’s Creator,
In our deepest darkness rise,
Scattering all the night of nature,
Pouring eye-sight on our eyes.

2  Still we wait for thy appearing,
Life and joy thy beams impart,
Chasing all our fears, and cheering
Every poor benighted heart.
Come, and manifest the favor
God hath for our ransom’d race;
Come, thou universal Saviour,
Come, and bring the gospel-grace.

3  Save us in thy great compassion,
O thou mild pacific Prince,
Give the knowledge of salvation,
Give the pardon of our sins;
By thine all-redeeming merit (a)
Every burdened soul release, (b)
Every weary wandering spirit
Guide into thy perfect peace.


(a) "Thine" changed to "thy" in 1777 ed. and following; "All-redeeming" changed to "all-restoring" in 2nd ed. (1745) and following.
(b) "Burden’d" changed to "burthen’d" in 1770 ed. and following.

External links

Charles Wesley's Published Verse website at Duke Divinity School